Microsoft launches Nokia X2 Android phone

In today's open source roundup: The Nokia X2 phone combines Android with Microsoft's online services. Plus: Three defunct Linux distros, and Linux dominates supercomputers

One doesn't usually associate Microsoft with Android, except when discussing Microsoft's very profitable Android patents. But Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia has resulted in the first official Android phone from the Redmond giant. The Nokia X2 essentially blends Android with Microsoft's online services to create a unique Android experience.

According to Forbes:

The X2 will cost €99 ($135, £80) and come with a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, a 5MP camera, 4.3-inch display, dual-sim, and 15GB of inbuilt storage space. Nokia has stuck with the fluorescent design of the previous models, coming in green, orange, black, yellow and grey.

Although the X2 is running Android, the OS has been heavily modified to look more like a Windows Phone interface. Nokia has also included a home key, which wasn’t present on any of its predecessors and came under some criticism after its omission confused some users.

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I wish I could say I was impressed with the Nokia X2, but I'm not for the simple reason that it seems to be the worst of both worlds. You have Android of course, but it has been modified to try to make the phone into a hybrid that resembles Windows Phone and promotes Microsoft's online services.

How many people would really want to buy this thing? If you want Microsoft's services then the logical thing to do is to simply buy a Windows phone. And if you prefer Android then wouldn't you go for an Android phone that hasn't been tweaked to look like Windows Phone?

Sorry, I just don't see who the market is for this kind of device. I doubt very many Android users are going to bother with it, and I can't see it having enough appeal for Windows Phone users either. It seems to be a franken-phone with one foot in both camps and I doubt it'll do much in the way of sales.

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