Hands on with the Android-powered Nokia X smartphone

Hands on with the Android-powered Nokia X smartphone


Mobile World Congress in Barcelona is just getting started, but Nokia is already making waves with its Nokia X smartphone. Unlike many of the big, showy smartphones being announced, the Nokia X is notable for being just the opposite – a 4-inch, super-low-cost smartphone – that runs on Google’s(s goog) Android operating system.

I know, Nokia and Android don’t exactly mix. Microsoft’s(s msft) acquisition of Nokia’s device business is expected to close this quarter, and until recently, no one would’ve expected Nokia to introduce anything other than a Windows Phone device. But if you’ve been following the rumors about an Android-based Nokia phone that have been swirling over the last few months, it turns out they were mostly true.

I had a chance to sit down with executives from Nokia ahead of the show and ask about the company’s decision to go with Android instead of Windows Phone, but first…

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