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01.15.14

“Normandy” is Not an Android Phone, It’s an Enhanced Surveillance Device

Posted in GNU/Linux, Microsoft at 5:03 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: Android from Nokia — like Android from Facebook — is all about spying and turning users into products

ABOUT a year ago, the Fusion centre which is Facebook (partly Microsoft-owned) claimed it had created an Android phone, integrating the deep surveillance (automatic upload, ID-tagging) with the phone (geo-tracking, back doors). This hardly proved that Microsoft’s camp was embracing Android, except the patent extortion attempts.

There are some fake ‘leaks’ right now claiming to show an Android phone from Nokia. What it really should be treated as is a Skype eavesdropping honeypot, where Microsoft is the middleman. It is not just Skype though. “Microsoft’s own Skype, Outlook, and Office integration” are mentioned. As Sosumi put it in IRC, “so Nokia going for android in order to coerce people into skype and outlook because Windows Mobile is way too heavy?” (he cited this article).

Ryan said: “Nobody should buy this phone. Microsoft is going to take over Nokia soon, so it should be obvious what they’ll do to people who buy this phone. They’ll either cut support for it entirely, or try to change it over to Windows Phone, which nobody really wants because it sucks.” (he cited this).

Ryan concludes: “It looks like it’s an Android-based firmware that Nokia has given a new user interface that looks like Windows Phone.”

MinceR said it’s “probably crippled to make Windows Phone look good.”

“Also,” he said, “anyone who had a clue fled the company long ago” (or got sacked by Elop and fellow moles from Microsoft).

“Normandy” is no friend of Android, FOSS, or Linux. “Normandy” should be shunned and people who think about buying it ridiculed, based on the facts alone. “Normandy” is a Trojan horse and a surveillance tool; it’s not a phone.

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