Nokia to unveil cheap Android phone, report says

2014-02-11 08:45
Nokia Asha phones are aimed at the lower cost end of the market. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

Nokia Asha phones are aimed at the lower cost end of the market. (Duncan Alfreds, News24) (Duncan Alfreds)

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Seattle - Nokia will unveil a low-cost smartphone running a version of Google's Android operating system, despite the company's close partnership with Microsoft 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's iPhone.

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