MWC 2014: Nokia launches android-powered smartphones

Amongst the hubbub of all the flagship launches at Mobile World Congress this year, Nokia has gone and announced five budget smartphones that run Android apps and Microsoft services.

The Nokia X, Nokia X+ and Nokia XL will be an experiment of sorts for the company whose phones until now have rocked Windows Phone OS. However, in a further departure from what has become the norm, the phones will have HERE maps and Microsoft services like Skype, OneDrive and instead of Google Maps and Google Mail that Android phones usually come pre-packaged with.

Available in bright green, bright red, cyan, yellow, and black and white, the Nokia X has a 4” IPS capacitive display and 3-megapixel camera. The Nokia XL boasts a 5” display with 2-megapixel front-facing camera and a 5-megapixel rear-facing autofocus camera with flash.

All the phones will have Qualcomm Snapdragon dual core processor and support Dual SIM, and users will also be offered free cloud storage using OneDrive.

The X family handsets will have the familiar tile-based user interface and come packaged with Fastlane, a screen which lets people switch between their favorite apps more smoothly.

These are the first launches for Nokia after the mobile business was sold to Microsoft in September 2013. The Nokia X will go on sale immediately and the Nokia X+ and Nokia XL are expected to roll out starting early second quarter.

'Our deliberate approach is to offer four tiers of products including our affordable entry-level devices like the new Nokia 220; our entry-level Asha touch-phones like the new Nokia Asha 230; our new Nokia X, Nokia X+ and Nokia XL smartphones primarily for growth economies; and our Lumia portfolio, which is where we introduce the greatest innovation and provide full compatibility with the Microsoft experience,' said Stephen Elop, executive vice president of Nokia’s Devices & Services, on the launches.

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