Nokia's Chief Executive Stephen Elop gestures during a presentation at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, February 24, 2014.(REUTERS/Gustau Nacarino)
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Nokia, soon to be acquired by Microsoft Corp., is turning to software created by archrival Google for a new line of phones it hopes will make it a contender in the dynamic low-cost smartphone market.Its first models, Nokia X, X+ and XL, rely upon an open version of the Android mobile software system created by Google that has become the world's most popular software used in smartphones.Nokia was caught between a rock and a hard place – committed to using Microsoft's Windows Phone software but needing Android software to reach more cost-sensitive customers, CCS Insight's head of research Ben Wood said.The open version of Android software means that the new Nokia phone does not have rely on Google's services and access to the Google Play app store.Elop said rather than confusing customers, Nokia X – where X indicates a cross between Nokia hardware, Android apps and Microsoft services – will be a stepping stone to Lumia, and will share the same cloud services.The Nokia X, which has a four-inch screen, will be available immediately, Nokia said.
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