Nokia Android phone prototype purportedly pops up online

New images show the Nokia logo, a back button, and a screen full of apps. But will the rumored phone ever really see the light of day?

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Nokia's still-rumored Android phone continues to get more exposure via purported leaked images.

A photo from a Twitter account named @seamissu reportedly reveals what's said to be Nokia's Android phone, codenamed Normandy. The photo shows the Nokia logo at the center of the screen and a back button at the bottom and mimics photos leaked in December. The tweeted photo also appeared on China's Weibo network Web site, according to WMPowerUser.

Another photo from an account called @picturepan2 offers a peek at the entire screen filled with apps and icons.

Rumors of an Android phone coming from Windows Phone handset maker Nokia surfaced last year, buoyed by photos of the purported smartphone leaked by @evleaks in November.

Assuming the reports are accurate, would Nokia still proceed with such a phone in light of Microsoft's buyout of its devices and services division? Or will this alleged Android prototype now never see the light of day? Last September, The New York Times said Nokia was working on the phone in advance of the Microsoft purchase.

Microsoft is scheduled to close the Nokia deal by the end of this quarter, so we may find out then if Normandy could ever come to fruition.