Nokia sidelines Windows 8 to launch Android device at MWC

Nokia will release a phone running the Android operating system, it announced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona

Nokia will release a phone running Android, it announced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

The mobile giant, which is soon to complete the sale of its mobile division to Microsoft, announced three new ‘Nokia X’ handsets use Android’s open-source code, but with access to the Nokia app store as opposed to Google Play.

Stephen Elop, Nokia CEO, who spoke at the launch event in Barcelona, highlighted that in using the Android OS, the handsets will give consumers in emerging markets the chance of a smartphone experience.

He said: “Microsoft will be able to reach people it has never talked to before around the world.”

Nokia saw a decline in sales in the fourth quarter of 2013, with Nokia group sales decreasing in 2013 by 22% year on year.

Despite this decline, the Lumia brand is still one of Nokia’s strongest selling points, and the firm reported an increase in Lumia sales at the end of 2013.

Although no new Lumia products were announced at the event, Elop said the Lumia models are still at the core of the firm's smartphone strategy, and that the “X family”, as well as the new and existing Asha handsets, are a lower-priced product that make the best features of the Lumia available to those who can only afford a lower price bracket.

Computer Weekly are on the floor at MWC. Check the Inspect-a-gadget blog for a hands-on review of these new handsets to see if X marks the spot.

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