Opera’s app store will replace Nokia Store on feature phones

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 itĀ got as part of buying Nokia’s mobile business. The move comes a week after Opera signed a deal with Microsoft to becomeĀ the default browser on legacy Nokia devices, and on the same day that Nokia announced it was working on an Android tablet for China.

Reported Nokia Normandy price near that of Nokia Asha 503

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.