Nokia to launch low-cost Android phone

Nokia will unveil a low-cost smartphone running a version of Google’s Android operating system

By - February 11, 2014
Nokia Connecting People logo

Nokia will unveil a low-cost smartphone running a version of Google Inc’s Android operating system, despite the company’s close partnership with Microsoft Corp and its competing Windows system, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

The handset division of the Finnish company, which is in the final stages of being acquired by Microsoft, will show off the new phone at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona later this month, the report said on Monday, citing unidentified sources who were familiar with the matter.

Nokia and Microsoft declined to comment.

The new Android phone will be aimed at emerging markets and will not feature some of Google’s higher-end, custom Android features.

Microsoft and its main handset partner Nokia have struggled to make an impression in the smartphone market dominated by Samsung’s Android devices and Apple Inc’s iPhone.

According to technology research firm, Strategy Analytics, 79 percent of smartphones shipped worldwide last year ran on Android, 15 percent were iPhones running Apple’s iOS and only 4 percent ran Windows Phone software.

(Reporting by Bill Rigby in Seattle; Additional reporting by Ritsuko Ando in Helsinki; Editing by Bernadette Baum)

More smartphone news

Struggling HTC turns to cheaper smartphones

FNB smartphone deals get Sony Xperia devices

Samsung Galaxy S5 launch expected in February

Share your thoughts

Shutterstock is the image partner of MyBroadband – more technology images

Join the conversation

Connect with Us



How much data do you use per month?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

More News

187,000 Smart ID cards gathering dust

Smart ID in hand

Almost 200,000 newly issued smart ID cards are gathering dust at Home Affairs offices around the country.

The best degrees to study to become a South African tech CEO

Graduates money

There are a few degrees which stand out when looking at the qualifications of South Africa’s IT and telecoms CEOs.

New health TV channel launching on DStv

Retro TV

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa was set to launch a TV health channel on Tuesday.

I went to my first F1 Grand Prix, and it was beyond epic

Mercedes F1

The 2015 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix saw a Mercedes one-two finish – which was a good thing, considering I was sitting in the team garage on race day.


Newsletter Subscription

Email *
Enter the following to confirm your subscription *
Captcha image

Free MyBroadband Newsletter