Microsoft has unveiled its first phone after completing its takeover of Nokia’s handset division – and the device is powered by Android.
The Nokia X2 will have some software tweaks which will allow it to connect to Microsoft’s cloud-based services. However at the moment Vole does not want to have to shell out the cash needed to adapt Nokia’s plans to a pure Redmond vision.
The move has surprised some analysts, but it does show a pragmatism in the Volish ranks. After all Android still means profit and the OS can be used to piggy back other services.
The X2 is the follow-up to the original X, launched in February before Nokia sold its mobile business. The Nokia X2 features a front-facing camera missing from the earlier model
The original model became the best-selling mobile in Pakistan and the third best-selling handset in India – and had strong sales in Russia, Kenya and Nigeria.
The new version has a slightly bigger 4.3in screen, a GB of RAM, a better battery and will cost $135 when released in July.
Volish services will include Skype, Outlook and OneDrive internet storage apps all come pre-loaded.
Microsoft also promotes apps like Bing Search, the Yammer business-focused social network and the OneNote idea jotting service, although these are optional.