updated 09:00 am EDT, Thu July 17, 2014
Microsoft's Android device-producing days may be over
As part of the Microsoft layoffs memo, CEO Satya Nadella has laid out the future of the Nokia X handset. The company now plans on releasing "select" Nokia X products to the Lumia line, running Windows. No statement has been made about the rest of the Android-based Nokia X line.
The Nokia X is a mid-tier smartphone announced as part of the Nokia X family in February 2014, running on the Nokia X Android-based platform. The device shipped on the same day as the unveiling, with Nokia targeting the product for emerging markets.
Inside the Nokia X is a dual-core 1GHz Snapdragon processor with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage, while the display is a four-inch 800x480 IPS screen, and the fixed-focus rear camera uses a three-megapixel sensor. The Nokia X+ is effectively the same device, except it ships with a 4GB microSD card for extra storage, and uses 768MB of RAM. The entire Nokia X line is currently supported by Microsoft, but it is unknown which Nokia X models will move to Windows.
A single paragraph in the memo spells out the change. Nadella writes that "to win in the higher price tiers, we will focus on breakthrough innovation that expresses and enlivens Microsoft's digital work and digital life experiences. In addition, we plan to shift select Nokia X product designs to become Lumia products running Windows. This builds on our success in the affordable smartphone space, and aligns with our focus on Windows Universal Apps."
No timetable for the OS shift has been made public. Also unknown is whether existing Nokia X handsets will receive an "upgrade" to Windows.