Microsoft’s first Nokia phone is an Android

While many expected Microsoft to use Nokia as the flagship for its Windows Phone OS, it appears that might not be the case.

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.