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Nokia makes Android smartphone despite Microsoft bid

Published on Feb 25, 2014 3:16 PM
The Nokia X is seen at its unveiling at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, on Feb 24, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BARCELONA (AFP) - Nokia showed off on Monday a new range of smartphones powered by Google's Android operating system, even as it is being taken over by Microsoft.

The Finnish group unveiled three Nokia X smartphone models at the opening of the four-day World Mobile Congress in Barcelona, shunning Microsoft's Windows Phone to go with a competing Android-based system.

The new smartphones use an "Android open-source platform" but are equipped with Nokia's own Lumia user interface and they point users to Microsoft services, not Google's, said Nokia France managing director Thierry Amarger.

Android applications installed on the phones will work, but users will not be able to access Google's services, notably its applications store, Google Play.

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