Microsoft axing its Nokia Android phones

Not even a year of the debut of the Nokia's X handsets, Microsoft have halted their Android efforts and will replace them with Windows Phone devices in the future.

By Alex Choros

Not even a year of the debut of the Nokia's X handsets, Microsoft have halted their Android efforts and will replace them with Windows Phone devices in the future.

In an email to employees, executive vice president of Microsoft's device's unit Stephen Elop detailed the company's renewed focus on Windows Phone: "In addition to the portfolio already planned, we plan to deliver to additional lower-cost Lumia devices by shifting select future Nokia X designs to products to Windows Phone devices. We expect to make this shift immediately while continuing to sell and support exciting Nokia X products".

It is likely that the recently announced Nokia X2 will be reborn as a low-cost Windows Phone 8.1 device.

The Nokia X handsets ran a heavily forked version of Android, featuring tight integration with many of both Microsoft's and Nokia's apps and services while omitting Google's. These handsets never made it to Australia.

Source: Microsoft

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