You are here

Microsoft calls end to Android Nokia X smartphones

Friday, July 18, 2014

Microsoft is to stop developing Android-powered smartphones beyond those already available, the BBC understands. Android handsets will continue to be supported. The move comes as Microsoft announced 18,000 job cuts across its workforce. The tech firm acquired Nokia’s handset division earlier this year. Nokia unveiled its first family of Android phones at the Mobile World Conference in Barcelona in February.


The release of the smartphones, which were priced at the lower end of the market, was described as a “perplexing strategic move” at the time, given that Microsoft had its own mobile operating system, Windows Phone. In an e-mail to employees yesterday, Stephen Elop, Microsoft’s executive in charge of mobile devices, announced that Android handsets were being phased out. “In the near term, we plan to drive Windows Phone volume by targeting the more affordable smartphone segments, which are the fastest-growing segments of the market, with Lumia.


“In addition to the portfolio already planned, we plan to deliver additional lower-cost Lumia devices by shifting select future Nokia X designs and products to Windows Phone devices. “We expect to make this shift immediately while continuing to sell and support existing Nokia X products.” Ben Wood, an analyst at CCS Insight, told the BBC the move was designed to drive sales of Microsoft’s Lumia range. (BBC)


User comments posted on this website are the sole views and opinions of the comment writer and are not representative of Guardian Media Limited or its staff.

Guardian Media Limited accepts no liability and will not be held accountable for user comments.

Guardian Media Limited reserves the right to remove, to edit or to censor any comments.

Any content which is considered unsuitable, unlawful or offensive, includes personal details, advertises or promotes products, services or websites or repeats previous comments will be removed.

Before posting, please refer to the Community Standards, Terms and conditions and Privacy Policy