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WSJ: Nokia to launch Android phone as Microsoft deal closes

  • Sources tell the WSJ Nokia's unit phone, soon to be in Microsoft's (MSFT +0.4%) hands, will show off its first Android phone this month at the Mobile World Congress (runs from Feb. 24-27).
  • In-line with past reports, the phone is said to be a low-end device aimed at emerging markets, and thus appears meant to be an alternative to Nokia's Asha feature phones than mid-range or high-end Lumia models.
  • Recent leaks have indicated the phone will have a Windows Phone-like UI, and come with unmistakably low-end specs (4" 800x480 display, dual-core 1GHz. QCOM Snapdragon CPU).
  • Both the WSJ and others have reported the phone won't support the apps/services that come with Google's version of Android (Play, Gmail, Maps, Now, etc.). Instead, Nokia/Microsoft services will be pre-installed, including a Nokia Android app store (its selection is bound to be much smaller than Google Play's).
  • Nokia's phone unit posted a 29% Y/Y sales drop in Q4, a decline that had much to do with plunging feature phone sales in the face of booming low-end Android phone sales in emerging markets. Though Windows Phone's price points have fallen considerably, they still don't match those of the cheapest Android devices.
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  • Philip Marlowe
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    This is probably what forced MS to buy Nokia's phone ops.
    10 Feb, 02:13 PM Reply Like
  • RipCrackle
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    So MSFT is set to release an Android phone? How does that make any sense?
    10 Feb, 02:22 PM Reply Like
  • wil3714
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    They get paid for every android phone
    10 Feb, 03:27 PM Reply Like
  • june1234
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    They'd sell an apple phone if they could make a buck out of it (and apple let em)
    10 Feb, 03:43 PM Reply Like
  • techy46
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    MSFT thinks they can dress up Android in a suit and tie for business users along with preinstalled Office 353, Skype and SkeDrive/OneDrive. Why not start off users with a low end Android device branded with Microsoft as a Nokia Asha X?
    10 Feb, 06:46 PM Reply Like
  • chrome188
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    If MS release an Android phone, why would that be a problem?
    10 Feb, 03:07 PM Reply Like
  • RipCrackle
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    Just what kind of message would they be sending to their WP customer and manufacturer base?
    10 Feb, 04:28 PM Reply Like
  • june1234
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    they don't care MS customers will buy next new and improved MS product anyhow, manufacture base is used to it, standard MS marketing, rinse and repeat
    10 Feb, 05:10 PM Reply Like
  • techy46
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    MS manufacturing base, Dell, HP, Lenovo, etc., are already building Android devices! Why should MS do the same?
    10 Feb, 06:47 PM Reply Like
  • Mr. Knowitall
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    techy,

     

    Intel is also now working on a hardened Android .. I see a new BFF relationship in the future! Wintel all over again. http://bit.ly/19VER2e
    10 Feb, 07:17 PM Reply Like
  • hunter012
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    I hope they do a high end phone also
    10 Feb, 03:14 PM Reply Like
  • techy46
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    They, MS + Nokia, are rumored to be releasing a Lumia 1820 with Snapdragon 805 and WP 8.1 at MWC 2014 on 2/24.
    10 Feb, 06:49 PM Reply Like
  • mKiwi
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    Go figure!
    Well that's one right out of left field. People have been asking for this for years.
    I'm not sure how it fits with corporate strategy?
    I'd say they will be flying off the shelves as many die hard Nokian's had predicted. Perhaps the unit might rival Nokia 520 sales. Perhaps it might exceed Nokia 520 sales if it ever sees the light of day.
    It sounds as though there might be a little pocket pool going on behind closed doors at MSFT / NOK.

     

    Nokia Normandy spotted again

     

    "Nokia X, the Android smartphone also known as Nokia Normandy, has been spotted once again. The smartphone has been seen under the CamSpeed test database."

     

    http://bit.ly/1eOosMO
    10 Feb, 03:23 PM Reply Like
  • Happy 206
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    Devices alone don't cut it any more as a product offering. The ecosystem apps and 3rd party support is expected now - regardless of target segment. Amazon threw a whole lot of resources in getting their apps store in order. Wise use of MS phone / mobile team resources?
    10 Feb, 03:34 PM Reply Like
  • jammerculture
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    This is obviously something they tinkered with for whatever reason, might as well see if you can recoup any costs with it. This thing is going to be very low end, a rival to Asha maybe.

     

    nothing to see here folks
    10 Feb, 05:57 PM Reply Like
  • Mking30
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    So $MSFT will be making these phones?
    10 Feb, 06:19 PM Reply Like
  • techy46
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    Nokia D&S 100% owned by MS will be making devices in Vietnam.
    10 Feb, 06:50 PM Reply Like
  • Mr. Knowitall
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    "the phone won't support the apps/services that come with Google's version of Android (Play, Gmail, Maps, Now, etc.). "

     

    This is a huge mistake. They're going to force hackers to create some sort of side-loading nightmare like was done for BlackBerry.

     

    Preload the phone with all Microsoft Apps and Nokia Apps, that's great .. but DO allow access to Google Play or you'll be asking for trouble.
    10 Feb, 06:37 PM Reply Like
  • techy46
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    How would they deny access to Google Plus?
    10 Feb, 06:51 PM Reply Like
  • Mr. Knowitall
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    Probably in the same way Android powered Amazon devices don't have access to Google Play
    http://bit.ly/1eORL1N
    http://bit.ly/1eORL1U
    10 Feb, 07:21 PM Reply Like
  • BIG_BEN
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    The specs don't seem that great. Anyone who buys it would be doing so for name only. There are already very competitive cheap android phones like the Moto g. It would seem to make more sense for them to make a cheap wp device instead.
    10 Feb, 11:35 PM Reply Like
  • chintan1671
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    Microsoft selling Android phone.. Is the condition of Microsoft really bad ? Shame on Msft
    11 Feb, 01:11 AM Reply Like
  • joshvegas
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    What will MSFT do if these phones are huge success? Strange..
    11 Feb, 03:27 AM Reply Like
  • Mr. Knowitall
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    josh,

     

    Interestingly, Microsoft has given these phones a Metro UI and therefore hidden from the non-technical the fact that this isn't "Windows".

     

    But I'm with you in your overall assessment - "strange"

     

    If we get all philosophical, I guess one could argue that "Windows" is a 'look and feel' and is not wed to any particular implementation (reference Windows RT running on ARM.)
    11 Feb, 07:16 PM Reply Like
  • keentolearn
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    Nokia again demonstrated a loose strategy.
    11 Feb, 04:17 AM Reply Like
  • mKiwi
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    If nothing else, it will be an interesting exercise because a great many people said that Nokia should have run with Android rather than Windows Phone. Many people said Nokia should have released an Android phone as well as Windows Phones. Well now we will get to see how well they will sell. It's a bit of a shame that it's not full android. I myself think perhaps Nokia X will sell as well as Nokia 520. That's a big jump in quarterly sales. Might be wrong though. Still it will be interesting to follow.
    11 Feb, 04:34 AM Reply Like
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