Nokia X Android phone won't play with Google Play says leak

A new leak suggests the hotly-rumoured Nokia X -- AKA Normandy -- will get apps from a Nokia Store rather than Google Play.

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The Nokia X may be Nokia's first Android phone, but don't expect to get your apps from Google Play. A new leak suggests the hotly-rumoured phone, also known as the Nokia Normandy, will stock up on a Nokia Store.

The rumoured phone is reported to run Android 4.4. KitKat software, but is heavily altered and -- if leaked snaps are to be believed -- looks a lot like Windows Phone. It's set to get apps from an own-brand app store and third party apps outlets.

Trusty tipster @EVleaks has tweeted a list of specs, which if true appear to corroborate the specs revealed by a Vietnamese gadget shop yesterday -- all except the crucial app store question.

The hotly-rumoured Nokia X doesn't boast specs to set the world alight, but does sound like it could be friendly on the wallet. Leaks point to a dual-core 1GHz processor with 512MB of RAM under a 4-inch screen, which displays a resolution of 800×480.

4GB of storage is backed by a microSD slot. There's a 5-megapixel camera and 1500MAh battery. It's listed as being a dual-SIM phone, although that's unlikely to come here as they don't really exist on these shores, at least in part because networks aren't keen on them.

Previous leaks like the one above show the phone in an assortment of six bright Lumia-like colours. Meanwhile the price and release date are still conspicuously absent. Nothing's official yet: A Nokia spokesperson told me yesterday the company hasn't announced a product of that name.

Does this mean the Nokia Normandy is on its way? Should Nokia release an Android phone or would that be admitting Windows Phone is a failure? Tell me your thoughts in the comments or on our Facebook page.