company Microsoft, which in April of this year, Nokia completed the acquisition of a business for the production of mobile devices will stop developing Android-smartphone lineup Nokia X. This is stated in an open letter to the former CEO and current Nokia Microsoft executive Stephen Elop.
first smartphone with Android-enabled applications in the line of Nokia X manufacturer announced in February this year, at the Mobile World Congress 2014. Thus, Microsoft has announced plans to phase out the experiment with the release of Nokia smartphones on Android just four months.
«In the near future we plan to increase the number of devices on the Windows Phone, evolving into more affordable smartphone segment with the brand Lumia. In addition to the planned products, we intend to provide additional affordable Lumia smartphones by transferring some future devices Nokia X on Windows Phone », – writes Elop.
Earlier Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella also mentioned in the report on the website of translation of individual future smartphones Nokia X on Windows Phone. “This is consistent with our focus on the universal problem of Windows-based applications,” – he said.
According to Elop, this transition takes place immediately. However, the company will continue to sell and support have already been released in the line of smartphones Nokia X. Among them – the model Nokia X, Nokia X +, Nokia XL and presented last month Nokia X2.
Such a move would be a logical part of Microsoft, which interested in promoting its own platform Windows Phone. On the other hand, the company closes its way into the growing market of Android-smartphone.
predicts analyst firm IDC, by 2018, Windows Phone platform will achieve share about 7 percent in the global smartphone market.
The day before Microsoft announced the reduction of 18,000 jobs, of which about 12.5 will be reduced as a result of strategic mergers Microsoft own business for the production of devices and services business with the production of mobile devices Nokia.