For a second I thought the rumours might not have been true, but it seems I was wrong as Nokia has just announced the Nokia X, X+ and the X XL smartphones at MWC 2014, which are the first of its Android devices.
We don’t know why Nokia are announced an Android smartphone with their Microsoft buy out coming soon, but Stephen Elop did say the following about the announcement:
“We are introducing new customers to Microsoft services like Skype and OneDrive, with this Microsoft will be able to reach people it has never spoken to before.”
The X and the X+ smartphones feature 4 inch screens with a range of mid-range specs, however the Nokia X+ will feature more memory and microSD card expansion, and the Nokia X XL will feature a 5 inch screen with a 5 megapixel camera on the back and a 2 megapixel camera on the front.
The phones will also feature a similar design to what Nokia usually creates, however it will feature its own dedicated skin on top of the Android platform, despite running on Android, alongside which it will only be able to access Nokia’s own store, with Nokia approved apps.
Nokia also announced the Nokia Music Radio music streaming service, alongside an Android application for Here Maps that provides free navigation instructions.
The devices will also be granted 10GB of free OneDrive storage, allowing for storage of photos, videos and music in the cloud.
The Nokia X is out now for €89, the Nokia X+ will be €99 in early Q2, the Nokia XL will be €109 also in early Q2 and all will go on sale in “growth markets”, which presumably means places like the US and UK.