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Mobile World Congress 2014: Nokia Expands to Android Phones

Feb 26, 2014 04:54 PM EST | By John Nassivera
Nokia, Android
Nokia Androids
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Nokia introduced three new Android smartphones at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

The smartphones use Google's Android operating system, despite Microsoft announcing plans to buy Nokia's mobile division at the end of 2013, according to BBC News.

The three Android phones are the Nokia X, the Nokia X+, and the Nokia XL, Associated Press reported. The X is on sale for 89 euros, the X+ will be sold for 99 euros and the XL will cost 109 euros. All three phones will be going on sale in March.

The Nokia X and X+ both have 4-inch screens and a 3-megapixel rear camera, according to Associated Press. A SD card used for storage is also available for the X+.

The Nokia XL has a 5-inch screen and has the best camera out of all the phones in the X line, according to Wired. The camera features 5 megapixels on the back and 2 megapixels on the front.

David McQueen, principal analyst at Informa Telecoms & Media in London, said the move for Nokia to the Android system is a beneficial change, Associated Press reported.

"This may be a few years too late, but it is a much needed move by Nokia to recapture share of smartphone market by becoming part of the Android ecosystem," McQueen said.

CCS Insight head of research Ben Wood stated Nokia was caught in a difficult position with releasing the Android phones during discussions with Microsoft, BBC News reported.

"If you stand back, for a soon-to-be Microsoft-owned company to embrace Android is a perplexing strategy move," Wood said. "I believe it was a decision where Nokia felt it had few other options given Android's entry-level dominance in phones and apps, particularly in emerging markets."

Nokia has not yet finalized its deal with Microsoft, according to BBC News. Vice-president of operating systems for Windows Joe Belfiore discussed his opinions on Nokia's new phones at a Microsoft press conference on Sunday, Feb. 23.

"Some things we're excited about, some things we're less excited about," Belfiore said. "Whatever they do, we're very supportive of them."

Microsoft stated its opinion on Nokia's Android phones in a blog post, the Associated Press reported. The company said it is happy that the phones will include Microsoft's services and that it "provides the opportunity to bring millions of people, particularly in growth markets, into the Microsoft family."

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