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Microsoft ditches Nokia X Android phones

Microsoft ditches Nokia X Android phones

Microsoft has revealed it’s bringing an end to Nokia X Android phones, killing-off a range of handsets that were only launched at Mobile World Congress in February.

The announcement, which came on the same day as Microsoft’s announcement of 18,000 job cuts, is little surprise.

Nokia's X project, unveiled just before Microsoft’s final acquisition of the Finnish mobile-maker, used a forked version of Google Android instead of Microsoft’s Windows Phone.

The aim of the handsets was to offer a more affordable smartphone experience in developing markets, backed up by Google’s large number of third-party apps.

That plan, however, is now dead in the water.

In separate emails to staff, Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s CEO and Stephen Elop, former Nokia boss and now Senior Vice President of Devices at Microsoft, both said that select models in the Nokia X range would be transitioning "to become Lumia products running Windows".

Elop added that Microsoft will "continue to sell and support existing Nokia X products", but it seems the company has concluded that it cannot continue to make Android phones if it wants to try and create a single solution for hardware and software.

The news also means that Microsoft’s rumoured Lumia Android phone is likely to remain a footnote in the annals of smartphone history.



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