Nokia X2: Microsoft Unveils Android Phone
Microsoft has unveiled its first ever Android phone, two months after completing a takeover of Nokia's mobile phone division.
The Nokia X2 is a follow-up to the original X - which became the best-selling phone in Pakistan and third biggest seller in India, as well as notching up strong sales in Russia, Kenya and Nigeria.
Microsoft's decision to use Google's Android operating system to power the device is a surprise to some experts - as Android is a rival to the firm's own Windows Phone OS.†
The company is looking to emerging markets - billing the "affordable" phone as the device to introduce the "next billion" people to mobile internet and cloud services.†
As well as access to the world of Android apps, the X2 offers a bigger 4.3in screen, more memory (1GB) and a more powerful battery than its predecessor.
It will come preloaded with Microsoft's video chat app Skype, Outlook email and OneDrive internet storage.
The phone's tiled home screen and scrollable list of apps mirrors Microsoft's phone user interface and the company is hoping the cheaper model may eventually inspire users to upgrade to its more expensive Lumia devices.
The handset will cost £80 ($135) when it is released in July and initially be available in†glossy orange, black and green, with glossy yellow, white and matte dark grey available at a later date.†
Timo Toikkanen, head of mobile phones at Microsoft Devices Group, said: "The Nokia X2 elevates the Nokia X experience with a stellar new design, ease of use and new Microsoft experiences.
"We're proud to continue to bring smartphone innovation to lower and lower price points."
Microsoft's†£4.4bn ($7.4bn) takeover of Nokia's phone handset division went through on April 25.