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Nokia's Android-based feature phone still in works and it may be meant for India

HMD Global may be working on an Android-based feature phone and its first destination may be India.

twitter-logoShubham Verma | March 30, 2021 | Updated 16:30 IST
Nokia 3310 (Source: Reuters)

Highlights

  • Nokia 400 may be an Android-based feature phone from HMD Global.
  • The Nokia 400 may arrive with partnership with an Indian telecom company.
  • The phone will come with the payment and TV app of this telecom company.

The ambitious project that involves Google working for even cheaper Android devices came to light last year when the rumours around Nokia 400 began. The Nokia 400 got the certification by the Wi-Fi Alliance last year. This meant the phone is genuine and in the pipeline but HMD never launched it. A year later, there is again a rumour that suggests Nokia 400 may as well be real and headed to India first.

According to Hikari Calyx, a tipster well known for Nokia related news, the GAFP keypad phone is true. GAFP stands for Google Android for Feature Phones that is going to power the next generation of feature phones. The tipster further said this phone from HMD Global is made for "a random Indian operator". Now, there is not sufficient information to deduce what this operator could be but it is going to be either Airtel or Reliance Jio. This operator will even preload its payment and live TV app on this Nokia device.

Not only this bit of information but Calyx also shared what looks like a screenshot of the launcher on this GAFP Nokia phone. There is going to be support for a display with a resolution of nearly 240x320, although there is a possibility to upscale this for phones with 480x640 pixel screens. The screenshot shows Google Assistant with microphone support, Chrome browser, YouTube, and Nokia Camera app, in addition to the app launcher. This interface seems like the most watered-down version of Android for phones and it may as well be functional enough for this upcoming phone. In fact, the tipster has said that porting this interface to KaiOS devices "should be" possible.

The Nokia 400, as per last year's listings, will be a feature phone with 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal memory, and a Unisoc processor (SC9820e). And the major highlight is going to be Android support on this phone, which will push Google into an even affordable segment for phones. Right now, KaiOS is the most popular operating system for feature phones in India, available on a range of Nokia feature phones and Reliance Jio Phone. Jio Phone is one of the best-selling low-cost phones in India and there are rumours that the next Jio Phone will use Android -- something that HMD is also reportedly working with Nokia 400. This Jio Phone may cost around Rs 4,000 as and when its launch takes place but that is something we do not know right now.

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