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Microsoft continues its push for Android smartphones

Microsoft is continuing its efforts to finish what Nokia started with regards to the Android platform. Back in February, Nokia launched the X, XR, and X+ smartphones that used a heavily skinned version of Android, and a Nokia-branded app store.
 
Today, with the Nokia devices division completely under its wing, Microsoft has launched the fourth Nokia device to run Android. The new X2 comes with a 4.3” 800x480 display, 1GB of RAM, a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor, 4GB of internal storage, a microSD expansion slot, and dual-SIM functionality. Other features include a 5MP rear camera with LED flash, VGA front camera, and an 1800 mAh battery. Since Nokia’s Android offering are being billed as low-cost options, you’ll also find HSPA+ wireless data capabilities instead of LTE.

 
While the exterior of the new X2 may at first seem familiar, it actually features a new translucent outer layer, which gives the phone what Nokia calls, an “Inner Glow.” Color choices will include glossy green, orange, yellow, white and black, along with matt dark grey.
 
The Nokia X2 will support Microsoft Apps like Skype, Outlook.com, and OneDrive (complete with 15GB of storage) from the factory, while other Microsoft apps like Bing Search and Xbox Games like SnapAttack and Kinectimals will be downloadable from the Nokia Store.

 
The Nokia X2 will be available in select countries starting today for €99, which undercuts the price of the €119 Lumia 630 that runs Windows Phone 8.1.

Sources: Nokia [1], [2]



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It's a sad state of affairs...
By quiksilvr on 6/24/14, Rating: 0
RE: It's a sad state of affairs...
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 6/24/2014 9:32:55 AM , Rating: 2
I wonder how long Microsoft will continue down this path. What they really need is the Windows Phone equivalent of the Moto E, instead of a low-cost Android smartphone IMHO.


RE: It's a sad state of affairs...
By Flunk on 6/24/2014 10:48:42 AM , Rating: 2
With any luck they'll kill this off with their initiative to make Windows Phone 8.1 run on cheap hardware that doesn't even have hardware buttons. The Nokia X platform just doesn't make any sense to anyone. Android isn't really Android without Google's apps.


By Brandon Hill (blog) on 6/24/2014 10:53:24 AM , Rating: 2
Exactly. This is just a distraction for Microsoft. And when you have single-digit market share and are trying to compete with Google and Apple, you don't need distractions.


RE: It's a sad state of affairs...
By Reclaimer77 on 6/24/2014 12:35:46 PM , Rating: 3
I still don't understand the point of this phone. And doesn't everyone say that Windows Phone runs "better" on low-end hardware than Android anyway?

I just don't get this phone. Who is the target? People who want Android aren't going to be happy without Google apps. And people who want a cheap Windows Phone aren't getting a Windows Phone...soooo just...I don't get it.


RE: It's a sad state of affairs...
By Spuke on 6/24/2014 12:54:14 PM , Rating: 2
Makes no sense to me either.


RE: It's a sad state of affairs...
By atechfan on 6/26/2014 8:34:08 AM , Rating: 2
The only reason I can think of is that it was so far along by the time the MS-Nokia sale was finalised that it was easier to just release what was made than cancel it. I'm pretty sure we won't see an X3. I am baffled as to why Elop thought it was a good idea in the first place. If Elop had gotten the MS CEO job, I probably would have sold all my MS shares before he drove them down too.

I am sure that Nadella plans to kill this monstrosity. At least I sincerely hope he does.


By StevoLincolnite on 6/24/2014 11:14:22 PM , Rating: 2
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When Nokia is able to release a better budget Android phone than a better budget Windows phone.


I dunno, the Lumia 525 is a solid choice and if you look around should come cheaper than this phone.

Conversely, you also have the Lumia 530 (Soon!) and 520, both of which would be solid offerings in the low-end market.

All three phones can use Windows Phone 8.1 too.


Hammer
By acer905 on 6/24/2014 12:29:51 PM , Rating: 5
For anyone still trying to figure out the point of this device, this is a hammer. It is a tool to get people hooked on MS services, and on a layout similar to WP. Sell it cheap to low-income places where people haven't had a smartphone before. They use a ported version of Android, with a custom skin, to offload almost all OS development, while still having the ability to run any Android app (that you can find without the Play store), and getting people used to their way of doing things. The hardware is hardly different than any other Nokia branded device, so little cost there.

It is a hammer, plain and simple. A tool to try to get people more hooked on MS stuff for as cheap as possible.




RE: Hammer
By bupkus on 6/24/2014 12:43:53 PM , Rating: 2
Why would Nokia create their own app store?

I bought the nook HD+ only after B&N made the nook with access to the Google Play Store--that and the price reduction. Without those changes I was just not interested.

Is the highly modified skin incompatible with standard apps?


RE: Hammer
By atechfan on 6/26/2014 8:39:56 AM , Rating: 2
It isn't that the device isn't compatible with standard apps. I am sure that you could sideload them from other sources. Google just won't allow the Play store to work without the Google services, which makes sense. Google isn't in the business of giving stuff away for free because they are a charity, but because the free stuff gets you viewing their ads. It would be pointless for Google to allow the Play store to work with a device that is designed to cut out Google's revenue stream.


RE: Hammer
By Reclaimer77 on 6/24/2014 1:10:28 PM , Rating: 1
Why does Microsoft want/need Android to get people hooked on it's services? Especially an Android phone skinned to look like Windows Phone!?

Sorry but it still makes no sense. They already have Windows Phone AND Nokia...


Smart...
By bupkus on 6/24/2014 9:30:55 AM , Rating: 3
If you viewed the above video you may have noticed that the skin of the Nokia X2 has strong similarities to the interface of Windows Phone.

I suspect this is to ensure reluctant Android users that they can experience the UI of WP with the app compatibility of Android.

This move can soften resistance to a full change to WP. All MS would need then is a more mature app library to complete the bridge from Android to WP.




RE: Smart...
By synapse46 on 6/24/2014 11:14:44 AM , Rating: 2
They probably make more $$ on a budget device by re-skinning android.


RE: Smart...
By bupkus on 6/24/2014 11:30:36 AM , Rating: 2
If MS gets royalties for each Android device, who pays MS when they are the ones making the device? Just askin... :p

For the all too serious--irony in response to synapse46.


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