Nokia announces entry into Android with three new models. The Nokia X and Nokia X+ are both entry level Android phones while the Nokia XL is a five inch phone with a 5MP camera with flash and autofocus.
The Nokia X and X+ phones come with a 4 inch touch screen. Nokia XL a five inch display and a 5 MP camera with flash and autofocus and a 2MP front facing camera.
What Nokia has done is to push Microsoft into the Android rather than the other way around.
Although the phones will provide access to hundreds of Android apps but you will have to run them through the Nokia store and dozens of third party app stores.
The phones will take users to Microsoft cloud apps and not Google’s Cloud apps. Here Maps replaces Google Maps.
You can log onto Nokia apps store and can sideload android apps using an SDK.
Nokia X is priced at Dh499 while Nokia+ is priced at Dh549 and the Nokia XL is priced at Dh599. The phones will be available across the world by the second quarter of 2014. The devices will start rolling out in the UAE from March.
Nokia also announced the launch of multiple phones including an internet ready Nokia 220 feature phone for just Dh149.
Other models include another entry level Lumia 230 starting at Dh229.
Nokis says it will launch more new Asha and Lumia phones. It said sales of Lumia 520 and Lumia 1020 sales doubled during 2013.
“Lumia 520 is the number one selling smartphone in the world in its price category. We sell about 1million Nokia 105 feature phones every week,” said Nokia CEO Stephen Elop.