Microsoft could launch the Android-powered Nokia X2 in the coming weeks

Microsoft Mobile could launch its first Android smartphone since the acquisition of Nokia's devices and services division soon.

According to a report from BGR India, sources have revealed that the launch of Nokia X2 is merely three weeks away and could take place in India itself. A shipment of testing devices was also spotted by the website back in March.

The Nokia X2 was already reported to be in development recently and is expected to feature a physical home button which was left out on the first generation Nokia X devices. Now, the latest report mentions a few other hardware changes such as a bigger 4.3-inch screen with WVGA resolution, 1GB of RAM, a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon 200 processor, 4GB of internal storage, a 5-megapixel rear camera and a VGA front camera. Although, these specifications are a step up from the original Nokia X, they are slightly less than those found on the Moto E and Moto G which are competitively priced smartphones.

It will be interesting to see what Microsoft has in store with the Nokia X2 and how it plans to compete with the likes of Motorola and numerous other local manufacturers who are pushing lower priced smartphones with better specs.

Source: BGR India | Image via Nokia, BGR India

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This doesn't make sense on so many levels. Never before have I seen a company not rally around its own products, but instead rally around its competitors'. It is so weird. The first product the new MS introduced was not one for its own ecosystem, but for a competitor's. And the person introducing iOS Office seemed to enjoy the product and the iPad so much, she seemed to prefer the iPad over her company's own Windows products. It seemed so surreal.

The thing about it is that this goes on and on. MS shows no preference for its own products or its own ecosystem participants. It is if it would turn its back on its own over some random person on the street if it suits the company. MS, what on earth are you thinking? If you continue to do this, people aren't going to trust you. If you are part of a group, you are going to have to show deference to your group, otherwise your group is going to eventually abandon you. Telling people you are no longer going to show deference to your own ecosystem over your competitors', apparently as an act of openness, is not going to win you any points in the long run. Your ecosystem members are going to develop a cognizant dissonance over your behavior, and become increasingly distrustful of you, and apathetic.

MS you are part of an ecosystem, and not a free agent. Please stop trying to have things both ways. I'm just saying ....

Its worth mentioning that Office is a platform, and more important to MS than Windows is, revenue-wise. Office is their #1 money maker.

The market is changing; tablets are outselling PCs, Office is offering itself as a service rather than just a perpetual license, etc. MS needs to adapt and make the most of it.

Likewise, this phone is all about Microsoft's services. If you upgrade, then a Windows Phone is a logical move. Or at least staying with MS. Also, remember this was Nokia's vision, and its cheaper than Windows Phones. That's very important for developing markets.

Honestly, the world where MS is totally dominant is gone, history, and we're better for it. Microsoft that is where you are, be it iOS or Android or Windows? Much better for consumers and businesses.

Still waiting on a Modern Office. Theory is that will be the best version overall, but we'll see.

When Jobs returned to Apple, everything he did was about rebuilding the Apple / Mac ecosystem. Even when Apple released iTunes on Windows, Apple was all about its own ecosystem, and viewed the release of iTunes on Windows a necessary step for the expansion of its iPod ecosystem on top of Windows. Again, it was all about the Apple ecosystem for Apple, and iTunes on Windows which was strategically important, was never placed on equal footing, with its Mac platform, in Apple's public behavior.

MS doesn't do this. It says and acts as if its competitors' platforms are equal to its own. It cannot do this if it wants to retain its supporters. You cannot belong to a group / family and not defer to members of your group over others, without incurring distrust or apathy from members of your group. That is how human beings are built. If MS insists things have to be this way, I will just say it will lose its hard core supporters, because the human condition will not tolerate what it is doing.

Also, if you only scratch the surface of the idiotic statement about Nokia X being the middle ground between MS' Asha and Windows Phone, you'll see it makes no sense, because Windows Phones can easily reach the price points of the Nokia X phones, making them unnecessary.

As I understand it, they're doing this to expand their overall brand and services, but on hardware that doesn't meet WP minimums. I wonder how much of what MS requires for WP *isn't* in there?

Also, I think its meant to ultimately replace Asha. More than a cellphone, less than a full smartphone.

Auditor said,
Now MS can make some money on Android phones.

MS already does and has for a long time made money on android through patents such as those relating to FAT.

This makes sense. You can release a phone that isn't very fast and look like Windows Phone but it won't be and people will see a real Windows Phone and notice how the UI is very fast.

I'm an Android user who has used 2 WIndows Phones, there is no denying that the UI is faster than Androids.

This doesn't make sense on so many levels. Never before have I seen a company not rally around its own products, but instead rally around its competitors'. It is so weird. The first product the new MS introduced was not one for its own ecosystem, but for a competitor's. And the person introducing iOS Office seemed to enjoy the product and the iPad so much, she seemed to prefer the iPad over her company's own Windows products. It seemed so surreal.

The thing about it is that this goes on and on. MS shows no preference for its own products or its own ecosystem participants. It is if it would turn its back on its own over some random person on the street if it suits the company. MS, what on earth are you thinking? If you continue to do this, people aren't going to trust you. If you are part of a group, you are going to have to show deference to your group, otherwise your group is going to eventually abandon you. Telling people you are no longer going to show deference to your own ecosystem over your competitors', apparently as an act of openness, is not going to win you any points in the long run. Your ecosystem members are going to develop a cognizant dissonance over your behavior, and become increasingly distrustful of you, and apathetic.

MS you are part of an ecosystem, and not a free agent. Please stop trying to have things both ways. I'm just saying ....

elenarie said,
MICROSOFT launches NOKIA X2 running GOOGLE's ANDROID OS.

Still trying to get that sentence.

Actually it's not running Google Android at all.

Lets not be silly, by bending and breaking the open source license agreements, Google does own Android. Maybe not from a legal point of view, but they have worked it out that to the result is the same.

I wonder if MS will slowly transition this line of phones over to the WP OS. I mean the custom ui for the X line is already heavily influenced by WP and pushing MS' services front and center.

I wouldn't be shocked if they merely move over to WP proper say by the 3rd generation of the X line.

Personaly, I think Microsoft is planning to give the current devices and this device an update to Windows Phone, or something similar.

I suspect the transition will not be slow at all. This device was likely complete other than final testing, so MS brought it to market instead of wasting that effort. My guess is that no new Android based projects will start, and probably any others currently underway will be evaluated.