Microsoft teases a product launch next week, possibly another Android-powered device
That's right, according to the hardware specifications that leaked previously, the device will be an entry-level one, aimed at the emerging markets. Reportedly, it will sport a 4.3-inch display with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, a dual-core Snapdragon 200, running at 1.2GHz, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of built-in storage, and a 5MP rear camera. The device in question is rolling under the RM-1013 model number and its codename is Nokia X2DS. Once again, it will be running a forked version of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, which means that Google's services and apps won't come preinstalled on the phone. Unlike the Nokia X, which only had a physical "back" button, its rumored successor is believed to also come with a physical "home" button at the front.
These hardware specs put Microsoft's upcoming Android-powered device pretty much on par with the affordable Motorola Moto E. Undoubtedly, this hints us that the battle for the emerging markets might get a tad fiercer if Microsoft indeed launches such an Android device.
source: Nokia Conversations via Neowin
1. sgodsell (Posts: 1433; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)
OMG Microsoft shouldn't you be working on your own WP devices. Why are you still working with Android. Its not like you care about the Android world. You went so far out of your way to make your Android version not even look like Android or use the same regular apps.
3. sgodsell (Posts: 1433; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)
At least this time you are using a coretx-A7 processor instead of a cortex-A5, and now you have put a GB of ram instead of a 512mb of ram.
18. Cicero (Posts: 485; Member since: 22 Jan 2014)
Xperia L specs and price. And Sony is far far better.
19. oboboy14 (Posts: 46; Member since: 27 Mar 2014)
Nokia made that phone, not Microsoft. That was before the Nokia devices division was acquired. Just simmer down, everything is going to be okay.
23. sgodsell (Posts: 1433; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)
So Nokia decided to make their first smartphone using the Android OS with none of Googles apps and services, only running Microsoft's apps and services. With a UI that resembles WP.
Now you want people to believe you that Microsoft had no say in these Nokia X phones? I think you would get more people believing the earth is flat. Also why is Microsoft coming out with a version 2 now? Its not Nokia any more, only Microsoft.
24. oboboy14 (Posts: 46; Member since: 27 Mar 2014)
How do you know they're coming out with a second one? We don't know what's coming out, it might be the green lumia 1520, or green versions of other lumia phones?
Amazon makes tablets and now a phone without google play services. I just don't understand why you're making such a big deal over it.
26. sgodsell (Posts: 1433; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)
Some of the links mentioned say that everything is pointing to an updated version of the Nokia X. As if it would be a change in the color of a device only.
33. Beijendorf (Posts: 327; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)
Microsoft make a literal frick-ton of money from patents linked to Android. Android is very much something Microsoft care about.
2. Duketytz (Posts: 519; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)
What do we call companies like this? Leeches
11. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3561; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
So, is Google the same, because they use Android as well... Hundreds of others also do... The last time I checked Android wasn't owned by any of them, so what makes MS so different?....
Can we get a reasonable, unbiased, mature awnswer please?
13. tech2 (Posts: 2426; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)
But none of the other companies runs an ad campaign (scroogled) to insulting Google's OS & search engine and then go about implementing their OS themselves.
14. hemedans (Posts: 212; Member since: 01 Jun 2013)
last time i check msft didnt buy any company to sue others. and msft use aosp which is open source any one can use even you.
17. tech2 (Posts: 2426; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)
1. Suing has nothing to do what I'm saying. Re-read my comment.
2. If by 'buy any company to sue others' you mean Motorola then re-read their agreement. Google signed an agreement to only use those patents for defensive purpose. So, they can't go can't sue anyone but only protect themselves if someone else sues them.
3. 'last time i check msft didnt buy any company to sue others'
Well then you didn't check hard enough:
Apart from that they own another 8,500 patents from Nokia:
If Google really wanted to sue someone then your 'innovative' Notification centre in WP8.1 would've been sued long enough.
4. I know AOSP is open source, duh ! But the fact MS is insulting Google and then goes about using their OS is quite appalling really.
37. 12Danny123 (Posts: 86; Member since: 18 Aug 2012)
It's a business. Not a religion. Deal with it
20. oboboy14 (Posts: 46; Member since: 27 Mar 2014)
Its still open-source. Anyone can use it. Google knows that, and probably doesn't care. If they did care, it probably wouldn't be open-source.
28. sgodsell (Posts: 1433; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)
So why does Microsoft have to use it then. Microsoft has there own OS's. Not to mention their OS's are closed.
29. oboboy14 (Posts: 46; Member since: 27 Mar 2014)
They don't have to. They choose to. What's the big deal?
36. 12Danny123 (Posts: 86; Member since: 18 Aug 2012)
MS has the absolute right to use Android. Because as you all Android fan trolls claim it. It's open source. meaning anybody can use it. Plus if it's making sales for MS, then why not make a successor?
4. boosook (Posts: 1084; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)
So the Nokia X will be replaced after only two or three months... must have been a great success! :) "Here is the X2, we added a home button because we saw it was needed, we added more ram because we saw it was needed. Thanks to all our paying beta-testers of the X!" ;)
6. AliNSiddiqui (Posts: 382; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)
Microsoft/Nokia don't owe Nokia X users anything. They paid for Nokia X and they got it. Even software updates are not part of the package.
31. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2058; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
And that's why my friend you get a WP, with guaranteed 3 year software support. :)
9. NotAGeek (Posts: 160; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)
I think the nokia x itself was an experiment to test consumer's reactions to a forked android phone that runs MS services.They don't need much sales.Just release the successor fast and equip it with bettter specs.But in the end this news is a slap on the face for nokia x owners
5. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 910; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)
Poor Microsoft......they haven't learned that to compete you must come up with something ground breaking, or revolutionary to capture market share. People aren't as dumb as MS thinks and they know to do this in 3rd world countries at lower prices I bet.
10. o7o (Posts: 62; Member since: 26 Jun 2009)
Poor you if you think thise phone is aimed to compete against iPhones and Galaxy S's!
12. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3561; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
So, you're saying that 100's of others haven't learned to compete as well?.... What's you're idea of a competitive device, and do you own it?
27. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 910; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)
So, How many others are using Android as a shell to filter through users towards Microsoft Services genius? You have your panties all in a bunch and it's stopping circulation to the critical thinking area of your brain!
Let me say ahead of time that I am a big believer in the "new" MS Windows Phone, but their spin on Android just makes Android that much bigger in my opinion.
You don't see Android copying any thing MS is doing to filter their users to Android services do you. Android has a better mouse trap that doesn't need to try to deceive users to use their services. I am a fan of both companies, and build Windows desk tops and servers.
I just built an 80 terabyte streaming music/video server for the home. I see myself owning both a note and a Windows phone at some point in the near future.....really!
15. brrunopt (Posts: 550; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)
LOL , like android captured (or hold) market share with flagship devices...
34. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 910; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)
It's not about capturing market share with lower tiered level phones it's about using Android as a cover to lure unsuspecting people towards MS services. Some of you need to wake up....I happen to like MS but this is just low, and definitely anti competitive.
Where is the competitiveness in dressing up Like a sheep when you are a wolf MS. Dressing Android phones to look and run on MS services is deceptive, but I guess to make a dent in a system that put you out to pasture due to your own lack of innovation, and lame ass phones you will do any and every thing to climb back to the top,
I owned two of the MS very 1st phones the Pocket PC, and the Mogul. I liked the possibilities of their start but the system was laggy, and slow and it took Apple, and Android to finally Wake dumb ass Steve Balmer up....too late too little. I switch to Android after having the Mogul for 6-7 years, and After the launch of the Focus I have started looking at them for future purchases.
I think their desk top phone blend will put them where they need to be but this is just low and uncalled for. Again I see myself owning both a Note and A Windows phone in the next 2 years when MS finally matures to Windows 9.
They are on the right path but they get lost by deviating to do crap like this Android Fiasco....To "ME" they are just diminishing their image by doing this.
22. nasznjoka (Posts: 359; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)
who the hell buys those phones anyway!? mokia xdzl
35. 12Danny123 (Posts: 86; Member since: 18 Aug 2012)
Sorry to say, but clearly the developing market wants it
25. ikenvape (Posts: 66; Member since: 28 May 2014)
Seriously Microsoft, get off these cheap ass phones and give us a real flagship. When I think nokia, I'm starting to think cheap low end.
32. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1137; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)
folks Microsoft must have sold enough of the Nokia designed X phones to let them continued to be made available for sale. now if they have modified the X2 phones operating system to receive Google play store apps then folks they have a Winner especially in the upgraded XL model of the 3 X phones. which has front and rear cameras. the XL would sell well in the USA because it is a 5 inch screen Android X smart phone that sells for less than 200 dollars. people would buy it as an extra throw away smart phone