Microsoft kills Nokia X Android Phones lineup in favor of Windows Phone
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has sent an email announcement to all the employees of the company that it is planning to layoff 18,000 people within 2015. Unsurprisingly, of the 18,000 planned job cuts, 12,500 will be from Nokia Devices and Services. In addition to this, Stephen Elop, the Chief of Microsoft devices has announced that the Nokia X Android project will be discontinued.
It is said that the future Nokia X devices will be based on Windows Phone or killed and the company will make the transition immediately. However, the support and sales for the already existing Nokia X devices will remain unchanged.
With the end of life of the Nokia X devices being made clear, the destiny of the Nokia X2 smartphones that was announced lately remains unknown. As it is an existing product, we believe that it will enter sale and avail service and support from the software giant. But, there are increased chances for Microsoft to cancel the device as well as hardly anyone will be interested in grabbing a phone from an officially discontinued range.
“In addition to the portfolio already planned, we plan to deliver additional lower-cost Lumia devices by shifting select future Nokia X designs and products to Windows Phone devices. We expect to make this shift immediately while continuing to sell and support existing Nokia X products,” said Elop.
"We plan to shift select Nokia X product designs to become Lumia products running Windows. This builds on our success in the affordable smartphone space and aligns with our focus on Windows Universal Apps," says Satya Nadella's press release.