Microsoft CEO says some Nokia X devices will be revamped to Windows Phone ones

Microsoft CEO says some Nokia X devices will be revamped to Windows Phone ones
There are a lot of news coming from Redmond today. For starters, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella disclosed the not-so-pleasant piece of news that the company will give the pink slips to roughly 18,000 workers (12,500 of which are former Nokia employees). Now, it becomes clear that the company's workforce might not be the only thing that gets the axe, as Mr. Nadella stated that Microsoft is on the verge of revamping some representatives of the Android-powered Nokia X family and making them Lumia devices, which will be running the company's own OS, Windows Phone.


While it's more than certain that we are talking about entry-level phones here, it's still unclear if these ex-Android Nokias will be positioned below or on par with the existing low-end Windows Phone devices, such as the Lumia 525. Thus, an unexpected upward spike in their suggested retail price is highly unlikely.

In addition, it's pretty unclear which Nokia X devices will be refashioned to Windows Phone Lumia ones. We would wager that the recently-unveiled Nokia X2 might be spared from this upheaval. However, the original Nokia X, along with its first-gen peers, the X+ and the XL, immediately come to mind as possible candidates.

source: Microsoft via Engadget

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53 Comments

1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Didn't see this one coming.

2. PeterK.

Posts: 314; Member since: Nov 13, 2013

We guess few did.

18. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Elop Ruined Nokia.:( Without him Symbian would've been in place of Android.

24. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Symbian is in its dead end when Elop came in. Symbian's architecture is not competitive enough to be in par with iOS. Enough with the Elop thing, past is past.

31. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

True, Symbian was dead even before Elop come in!

28. tasior

Posts: 265; Member since: Nov 04, 2012

No it wouldn't, it was in decline. Nevertheless, it would be much higher, than WP... PS. I'am saying this as a Nokia, and Symbian fan - still use it as my main device.

36. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

higher than wp? no. It that was the case symbian would have never fallen in the first place. Symbian had it's own struggles and internal battles long before Elop, to the point that when they tried to license and sell it, nobody wanted it, including samsung and cisco. Meego is another story too. But in the end Symbians code was not the 'future'.

32. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

I'm a Nokia fan, but I'll just say it, Symbian was a laggy, outdated, slow and boring piece of sh*t called an operating system. The lazy work of Symbian developers in 2009 and 2010 ruined Nokia. Nokia couldn't understand what the path forward was, i.e. SMARTPHONES. Hence, it had to hire someone who was willing to take risks, and they did that by hiring Elop. WP at that time was a fresh and modern looking UI that could really be called a smartphone OS. That was the best option at that point in time. For me, it was a great decision. Just chugging along with the crowd is something Nokia had never done before, and they didn't want to do it then. They tried something different, and with MS pumping in money, they released some brilliant phones. Unfortunately, they were late to the game. Had they adopted WP in 2010 itself when it was brand new and they still were making profits and had marketshare, maybe their condition wouldn't have been so bad today. Stop blaming Elop. Remember, it wasn't only his decision to go WP, the entire board and shareholders voted on it. Stop cribbing about it now. You cant change the past.

33. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Rubbish outdated Cpu, was used, that's why. HTC and IPhone's were using 256ram and 400ghz Cpu, while Nokia was 128mb Ram, and 266ghz Cpu. Go to Gsmarena, it states there.

39. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Again it was not Elop's decision to use outdated hardware. At the time Symbian could run on the hardware, apps however...Symbian failed to see the vision that iPhone had, apps apps apps apps, and selling your data to offer you free services.

3. gazmatic

Posts: 807; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

They did the wrong thing in the first place by releasing such abomination. Waste of time and resources. Android will always be google. Android with google services is crap

5. CyberFalcon

Posts: 223; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

"Android with google services is crap" Yes ppl this guy is a serious hater...

6. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Obviously that's a typo.

8. jibraihimi

Posts: 802; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

I think he wanted to say android "without" google's services are crap......

10. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Yeah, one can't write things like that seriously.

11. sgodsell

Posts: 7249; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

If Google services are crap then why is the majority of the world using them now? Its not like Microsoft wasn't in the same countries as Google. If Android is crap then why would Microsoft try to run with it in the first place? Google is only crap to you and your first love with Microsoft.

13. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Well said agree +1

19. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

in some countries Bing maps only shows one road or two , compare that with Google maps , and you can see why MS is not fit for mobile

37. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

When something is free, the masses will use. I rely on google, for lots of things, at the same time i rely on my MS services more. Google maps here in my state have failed me more than once on my droid devices, where here drive and bing did not. I cannot speak for other countries, but i have to have google for my job, and every day i do, i am glad that MS has become my go to services and devices. Not to mention that my 365 account just gave me 5tb of could space (1tb per user).

14. Clashy unregistered

Look! A Microsoft worshipper.

4. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Looks like they failed hard.

12. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

No one wants rubbish low end budget Nokia Android phone We want highend Nokia PureView Android phone, with Android This new CEO, old bald headed like bullmer is another fail

7. csoulr666

Posts: 116; Member since: Nov 04, 2013

Let's hope they refresh the current X line as well. Then it would be a matter of time that we see dual booting on them.

9. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

Really.enough was enough.Nokia x series was only going to cannibalize lumia 5xx series anyway.

16. sgodsell

Posts: 7249; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The original Nokia X wasn't going to cannibalize anything. The specs were the lowest of the low. Dual core 1ghz cortex-A5 CPU is lower then even WP can or will support (A7). Not to mention the screen was poor. A 3mp camera without a flash to take the best that it cannot take. Who ever designed it should be fired. But I guess we can't fire Microsoft.

17. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Bullmer agreed to it.

15. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Good. Microsoft was going to give Android a bad name with the Nokia X series, it was terrible. Next time, don't give us a half-assed fork between Android and WP without Google Play Services.

20. lucid.brat unregistered

Finally a sensible move from MS

21. LoveHater

Posts: 234; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

and where are Micro fans ,, @rodneyej ,,, NOKIA & MiCROSOft ==== R.I.P

34. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Rodney, where are you....?

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