Microsoft ups Windows mobile reach; Nokia launches Android phones

|By:, SA News Editor

Microsoft (MSFT) is expanding the number of manufacturers of Windows phones by enabling the latter to use cheaper components with the software.

Companies that Microsoft is working with include Lenovo (LNVGF), Hon Hai Precision Industry (HNHAY), LG Electronics (LGEAF), ZTE and India's Xola and Karbonn.

Microsoft provided details at the Mobile World Congress.

Meanwhile, Nokia (NOK) is launching three Android phones even though the company's handset unit is being sold to Microsoft and the latter is looking to facilitate cheaper Windows phones. The Nokia X will cost €89 and will integrate Microsoft services such as Bing and Skype. The home screen will use tiles, as in Windows phones. Meanwhile, the Nokia X+ is priced at €99 and the XL, with a bigger screen, at €109.

See Nokia to launch Android phones in China.