Finally, Nokia launches an Android smartphone

By: February 24, 2014
Microsoft currently makes more money from Android royalties than it does from its Windows phones Microsoft currently makes more money from Android royalties than it does from its Windows phones

Nokia, the once dominant global mobile phone maker, has finally come to its senses and launched an Android phone.

The Nokia X comes three years after Nokia first rejected the Android platform and went instead with a Microsoft Windows platform.

Windows Lumia phones and apps have never caught on with consumers, despite being very good phones. This is most probably down to the high price.

Nokia X will be a low cost Android phone. The low cost factor is very important if Nokia is to be relevant in emerging smartphone markets.

Global smartphone shipments grew 41% to reach nearly one billion units in 2013. Android phones accounted for almost four out of every five smartphones sold, or 781.2 million units. Apple phones grew 13% and shipped 153.4 million smartphones worldwide, making it the second largest smartphone platform after Android.

The Nokia X will cost just €89, excluding operator charges.

Some will view Nokia’s decision to build an Android phone as a humiliating reversal. Others will see it as common sense, albeit a little late in the game. However, Microsoft is the ‘Big Brother’ behind everything Nokia does. It will soon own Nokia and at present, due to complicated software patents and a deal with Google, Microsoft earns more money from Android royalties than it does from licensing its Windows phone.

Microsoft may yet become a big player in this [still] developing global smartphone market