Putting an end to several months of speculation, Nokia has unveiled a range of smartphones which run Google’s Android platform.
It’s certainly an unusual move for a firm which has recently agreed a large buyout by Microsoft, but at least one Android handset from the manufacturer has been anticipated for some time. What has also been widely predicted is that the devices will use a heavily adapted version of the OS which deviates greatly from the stock software.
Looking more like Windows Phone, the Android version does not include the range of Google apps that come with many Android devices. Nor does it make use of Google Play, with a Nokia-branded app store appearing in its place.
The three devices, titled Nokia X, Nokia XL and Nokia X+, are certainly not aimed at the high end of the market. The X has a 4-inch display, 1GHz dual-core processor and 512MB RAM while the X+ has extra memory and storage. The XL is a step up on the same idea, featuring a larger, 5-inch screen.
It is believed that the X range of handsets may be aimed at replacing Nokia’s Asha series of phones and could target emerging mobile markets in the third world. In that case, these low-specced handsets and their no doubt trimmed-down price tags could prove very appealing.