Microsoft continues Nokia's Android smartphone range


Microsoft continues Nokia's Android smartphone range
Microsoft has made its first foray into the world of Android smartphones with the launch of the Nokia X2.

Of course, it’s not the first Android smartphone in Microsoft’s stable after its purchase of Nokia earlier this year. That deal brought the original Nokia X with it, but many wondered if Microsoft would give the all-clear to work with a rival operating system.

The Nokia X2 is slightly larger than its predecessor with a 4.3-inch display, and gets a minor boost in terms of specs. It has a faster 1.2GHz dual-core processor and 1GB RAM. It will also feature a 5 megapixel camera and a 1800mAh battery.

The Nokia X2 may have a very clear purpose. Former Nokia CEO, and now Vice President of Microsoft's Devices & Services business unit, Stephen Elop described this strategy as a Trojan horse whereby users would get introduced to Microsoft’s suite of services rather than the Android OS. The UI is more akin to a Windows Phone and while users will be able to install and use Android apps they will not be able to access the Google Play Store directly.

Microsoft has priced the X2 at €99 ($135) and will release it globally in July. The device will be available in green, orange, or black, with yellow, white, and dark grey planned for later.

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