Microsoft’s purge of Nokia branding and services continues: Opera announced Tuesday that its Mobile Store will replace the Nokia Store on Nokia feature phones, as well as devices running Symbian, and Nokia X devices that run Android. The change will take place during “the first half of 2015.” It’s not Nokia that signed this deal — it’s Microsoft, which has to support those odd devices it got as part of buying Nokia’s mobile business. The move comes a week after Opera signed a deal with Microsoft to become the default browser on legacy Nokia devices, and on the same day that Nokia announced it was working on an Android tablet for China.
When Microsoft purchased Nokia it became a Android hardware manufacturer through the Nokia X line. But soon Microsoft will shift those devices to Windows Phone and the Lumia brand.
If I told you a Nokia phone garnered one million pre-orders in just four days would you expect it to be a Lumia? You’d be wrong if so: It’s the Nokia X that runs on Android.
Now that the Galaxy S5 and Nokia X are finally here, were they worth the wait? We took a hands-on look at the two which offer very different Android experiences.
Since it doesn’t yet own Nokia’s handset business, Microsoft couldn’t squash the Android-powered Nokia X phone. Should it do so when it can? There are definitely pros and cons, but I’m leaning towards the idea of Microsoft keeping the phone for a number of reasons.
The Nokia X is a low-cost smartphone that runs on Android while placing an emphasis on Nokia apps and Microsoft services.
One retailer appears to be jumping the gun on the Normandy, showing a Nokia X handset price very near that of Nokia’s Asha 503. If accurate, this further supports the strategy of getting Microsoft services on low-end devices in emerging markets.