Microsoft to release Android-powered Nokia X2 handset from Julia's blog

Microsoft has unveiled  its 1st phone once finishing its takeover of Nokia's phone division - and therefore the device is power-driven by automaton.

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

Microsoft aforementioned the Nokia X2 offered it the way to hook users into its cloud-based services, many of that return pre-installed as apps.

One skilled aforementioned the choice would are departure "money on the table".

"I still notice it astounding that Microsoft is creating automaton phones, however there appears to be a steely determination to require a a lot of open approach for the bigger sensible of the complete company instead of simply the Windows Phone platform," aforementioned mountain Wood, from the telecoms practice CCS Insight.

"If they do not try this, then some other person goes to urge the business.

"I additionally suppose it is a reflection of the very fact that Nokia's budget Asha line of feature phones was unable to contend with entry-level automaton mobiles."

Microsoft completed its takeover of Nokia's phone division on twenty five April at a value of five.4bn euros ($7.4bn; £4.4bn).

'App gap'

The X2 is that the follow-up to the first X, launched in Gregorian calendar month before Nokia oversubscribed its mobile business.

The original model became the popular mobile in Asian country and therefore the third popular phone in India - consistent with market-research company GfK - in addition as achieving robust sales in Russia, Republic of Kenya and Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The new device features:

 -  a rather larger four.3in (11cm) screen
 -  1GB of RAM - double the number of memory antecedently enclosed
 -  a a lot of powerful battery
 -  the addition of a front-facing camera for selfies

It will value ninety nine monetary unit ($135; £80) once free in July.

Microsoft's video chat app Skype, its ***** email service and its OneDrive web storage apps all return pre-loaded.

The firm is additionally promoting a number of its alternative apps - together with Bing Search, the Yammer business-focused social network and therefore the OneNote plan jot service - as elective free downloads for the device.

"The whole plan of conveyance a lot of individuals into Microsoft Cloud through these services is that the terribly core of the strategy," Jussi Nevanlinna, vice-president of mobile phones product selling at Microsoft, told the BBC.

"In reality we're previous alternative automaton devices [in this respect].

"But i would like to worry that Lumia remains our primary smartphone strategy which Nokia X may be a stepping stone thereto."

Missing apps

The tile-based homescreen and talent to examine apps displayed as a scrollable list on the X2 mirrors the Window Phone interface, which could facilitate encourage shoppers to later create the leap to Microsoft's costlier Lumia vary.

However, man Wood aforementioned there was a risk that the users would instead switch to alternative automaton models since Windows Phone still lags behind its rival in terms of the number of third-party computer code it offers.

"That's the calculated risk that Microsoft is taking," he explained.

"The firm must chop-chop shut the app gap between the expertise on associate degree automaton phone and therefore the expertise on a Windows Phone.

"But by happening this route it'll a minimum of inform Microsoft on that apps it had higher desperately get if it desires to secure individuals on the upgrade cycle."

Windows Phone currently boasts over 250,000 apps together with Instagram and tracheophyte, that were high-profile absentees till Nov.

But many banking apps, games, video on-demand computer code, and apps wont to management wearable fitness trackers - all out there on automaton - stay absent.

The Nokia X2 will run the larger library of automaton apps, however unless users hack the device they'll solely browse out there computer code via the Nokia Store - that excludes some programs - instead of the a lot of fully-stocked Google Play.

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