Microsoft won’t make any more Android-powered Nokia phones
Microsoft today confirmed that it will not be making any more smartphones that run Android, despite recently announcing the Nokia X2 and fresh speculation surrounding an Android-powered Lumia. Future Nokia X handsets will run the software giant’s own Windows Phone operating system instead.
After acquiring Nokia’s hardware business and then releasing the X2, it looked like Microsoft was going to continue to offer Android on a small number of devices. But as we often feared deep down, Microsoft’s ties with Google’s platform will be short-lived.
The company will continue to sell and support existing Nokia X devices, but future additions to the lineup will run Windows Phone. Stephen Elop, former CEO of Nokia and now head of Microsoft’s devices division, today confirmed the news in an email to employees.
“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,” it read. “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.”
Announced just five months ago in Barcelona, the Nokia X family consists of super affordable smartphones that sport colorful designs like Nokia’s trademark Lumia handsets. Despite their Android operating system, however, they are skinned to look more like Windows Phone devices and they do not have access to the Google Play Store.
Microsoft has long been pushing to make more affordable Windows Phones a success in emerging markets, and a new Nokia X lineup running the platform would continue that mission.