Microsoft to preserve Android-based Nokia X
Redmond’s devices chief Elop ‘committed’ to inherited non-Windows Phone products
Former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop has assured Nokia users that Microsoft's newly acquired Nokia handset business will continue to pursue feature phones and the Android-based X series, The Register reported.
Elop, after having been briefly linked as a possible candidate for Microsoft's chief executive role, now runs Redmond's Devices Group as executive vice president. In a blog post on Friday he confirmed his division's commitment to non-Windows Phone-based gadgets inherited from Finnish vendor Nokia's sold-off unit.
"We are committed to continuing our support for feature phones, the Asha family, and the Nokia X family of devices, announced at the Mobile World Congress in February," he wrote.
The X range was announced at February's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and was thought by analysts to be oddly timed, as Microsoft's acquisition had already been announced.
Nokia's Tiina Jaatinen also blogged regarding the handover, assuring handset users that support of their devices would continue.
"Your device warranty is completely unaffected by this change and the same world-class customer service and support teams will continue to look after your devices," Jaatinen wrote. "You can still get all the help and support through the usual channels: online support, contact centres and local Nokia Care points."