Microsoft is already throwing in the towel on the Android Nokia X, just four months after its launch in Barcelona. Microsoft inherited this phone when they acquired Nokia’s handset division earlier this year.
Nokia X enthusiasts need not worry though. The company is shifting its focus from Android devices to Windows devices.
“In addition to the portfolio already planned, we plan to deliver additional lower-cost Lumia devices by shifting select future Nokia X designs and products to Windows Phone devices,” said Stephen Elop, Microsoft’s head of mobile devices, in an email to employees. “We expect to make this shift immediately while continuing to sell and support existing Nokia X products.”
As a whole, Nokia X and other phones like it were made to bring down the overall cost of Microsoft phones. It was targeted at developing areas like India where low-cost phones are in high demand. The plans for the new versions of the phones follow the same strategy.
“We’re bringing all our expertise to bear to connect the next billion people to the Internet,” said Elop. “The Nokia X family will introduce the next billion people to Microsoft and act as a feeder system for our Lumia smartphones.”