Microsoft Axes the Nokia X Android Phone

July 17, 2014 by

In an interesting about face, Microsoft has announced it is discontinuing the Nokia X Android phone Nokia announced back in February.

When Nokia unveiled the Nokia X at Mobile World Congress (Feb. 24), it was a bit of a head scratcher. While some thought it was a strategic move by Microsoft to lure Android users to the Windows Phone UI, apps and services, others speculated Nokia was hedging its Microsoft acquisition bet because the deal was not yet finalized.

Well the deal went through April 25. And yet even then, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop talked up Nokia X. This quote, is from PC World:

"Microsoft acquired the mobile phones business, inclusive of Nokia X, to help connect the next billion people to Microsoft’s services,” Elop said then. "Nokia X uses the [Microsoft] cloud, not Google’s. This is a great opportunity to connect new customers to Skype, and OneDrive for the first time. We’ve already seen tens of thousands of new subscribers on [Microsoft] services.”

"What’s clear, however, is that Elop was overruled (by Microsoft) on how to take forward the Nokia X," wrote PC World's Mark Hachman.

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