Nokia to Debut Android Phone, Says WSJ
Nokia plans to announce a smartphone later this month running Google's Android operating system, rather than Microsoft's Windows Phone platform. The device, reports The Wall Street Journal, was already under development when Microsoft made its bid to buy Nokia's handset business, a transaction that has yet to close. Nokia's Android phone is meant to target emerging markets and will run a modified version of Android that will not feature the Google Play Store. Instead, the phone will come with Nokia's own application store and apps, such as HERE Maps, and Mix Radio. The device is expected to make an appearance at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, according to the Journal's unnamed sources. Nokia did not confirm the Journal's report.
Cortana for Android Now Works On the Lock Screen
Microsoft today made it possible for Android device owners to access and use Cortana above the lock screen on their smartphones. Microsoft has been testing the feature since earlier this year and is now rolling it out to all users.
Microsoft Debuts Entry-Level Nokia 130 Handset
Microsoft today announced the Nokia 130, a simple, inexpensive handset meant for first-timers and emerging markets. The candybar-style phone runs the Series 30 platform and includes a 1.8-inch screen, stereo headphone jack, Bluetooth 3.0, and support for memory cards up to 32GB.
HERE Maps Updated for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone
Nokia today updated its HERE Maps products for the Android, iOS, and Windows Phone platforms simultaneously. Nokia says there are "millions of changes" to the maps, but calls out a few specifics.
Microsoft Reveals Nokia X2 Android Phone
Microsoft today announced the Nokia X2, a low-cost smartphone that runs its modified version of Android. The device follows three other Android handsets announced by Nokia in February.
Sweet Baby Jesus!
Low spec phone...
What about future OS updates? I don't see this phone being updated outside of flashing it, which seems like a lot of effort for a low end phone. Even if you could get a more current Android OS to run on it, it probably will not run very well, because of OS requirements. Despite what people may say about android being able to run their current OS on any hardware, it is not going to run well on these phones.
The other issue is that the services that will be installed on the phone already will probably not run on a flashed version of android, anyway. The way I see it, buy the phone for what it is and call it a day. This move is most likely to introduce MS and Nokia services and apps in low end markets, with the idea tha...
What a day!
So don't get too excited.