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article imageMicrosoft is axing Nokia X Android phones, converting some to WP

By James Walker     Jul 17, 2014 in Technology
Microsoft looks set to end the Nokia X lineup of Android-powered smartphones acquired by the company with its Nokia acquisition very soon, although some of the devices may be "shifted" to become Windows Phone-powered Lumia phones.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella writes in his email to Microsoft employees today, after announcing the redundancy of 18,000 workers, that "We plan to shift select Nokia X product designs to become Lumia products running Windows. This builds on our success in the affordable smartphone space and aligns with our focus on Windows Universal Apps." Former Nokia CEO, now an executive at Microsoft, echoed the remarks, saying that "additional lower-cost Lumia devices" can be built by "shifting select Nokia X designs and products to Windows Phone devices."
The Nokia X2 Android powered smartphone  one of a handful of Android devices previously launched by ...
The Nokia X2 Android powered smartphone, one of a handful of Android devices previously launched by Nokia
It appears that the changes will be seen very quickly as he adds, "We expect to make this shift immediately while continuing to sell and support existing Nokia X products." The announcement comes less than a month after the launch of Nokia's latest Android-powered phone, the X2, but analysts have been wondering for a while how the X lineup would fit into Microsoft's Windows-dominated ecosystem. The answer, it seems, is what many anticipated: it simply won't.
Apparently, Microsoft has no interest in developing Android handsets and would much rather continue producing Windows Phone devices with its own software. Of course, this is no surprise as a manufacturer cannot be expected to endorse a competitor's product, but the launch of the X2 was seen by soon as a committal by Microsoft to keep the Android-powered Nokia's alive although many, including myself, were rightly skeptical of what the launch concealed, it seems.
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