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Irony: Microsoft to release Android-powered Nokia X2 handset


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#1 OFFLINE   securitybreach

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Posted 24 June 2014 - 12:26 PM

Rofl :hysterical:

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Microsoft has unveiled its first phone after completing its takeover of Nokia's handset division - and the device is powered by Android.

The operating system, developed by Google, is usually seen as a rival to Microsoft's own Windows Phone OS.

Microsoft said the Nokia X2 offered it a way to hook users into its cloud-based services, several of which come pre-installed as apps.

One expert said the alternative would have been leaving "money on the table".

"I still find it astounding that Microsoft is making Android phones, but there seems to be a steely determination to take a more open approach for the greater good of the whole company rather than just the Windows Phone platform," said Ben Wood, from the telecoms consultancy CCS Insight........
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It will be cheap ($135) but it  only has 1gb of ram, a dual core processor, 4gb internal(with microsd slot) and is running some nokia UI that looks like windows phone OS:  http://www.gsmarena....al_sim-6383.php
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Posted 24 June 2014 - 05:22 PM

They should. They know which side their bread is buttered on for the moment. Yes, they will continue to do Windows Phones, but they would be foolish to buy a company and not let them go where the money is as well.
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Posted 24 June 2014 - 05:26 PM

But aren't there enough Android devices out there? :P

And as Josh mentioned, it is not a device that differentiates itself in any significant way.

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#4 OFFLINE   LilBambi

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Posted 24 June 2014 - 05:28 PM

Never enough. ;)
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Posted 25 June 2014 - 02:00 AM

Hello,

I think it's best to think of such devices as a delivery mechanism for the constellation of Microsoft offerings, like Bing, Outlook and Office.

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Posted 25 June 2014 - 08:55 AM

Exactly. Microsoft wants a piece of the market like all the others. And if they can hitch their kite string to not just an app or a few apps, but also get a piece of the hardware market as well with Android, I would imagine they are thinking so much the better.

They bought Nokia, and I am sure they want to use it for their own phones, but to limit themselves to just Windows Phone right now would likely be foolish. They have the huge purchase price (Nokia) to cover.

This could be likened to DishNetwork leasing some of their transponder space to DirecTV to help cover the costs of putting a satellite in the sky.
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