Before Microsoft bought Nokia a project called Nokia X was already initiated by the Finland based company. This is an Android based Nokia device that doesn’t have Google services installed, instead it relies mostly on Microsoft services. Even the user interface of the models in this line are different from Android devices closely resembling that of the Windows Phone interface.
There have already been several models released in the Nokia X family (Nokia X, Nokia X+, Nokia XL) which got us to thinking that Microsoft will continue supporting this lineup. This is not the case though as the Stephen Elop, chief of Microsoft devices, says that the company will cease supporting this platform. Instead, future Nokia X designs will be transferred to Windows Phone devices.
For those wondering what will happen to the Nokia X2 which is in development we really don’t know yet. This may be the last Android device to be released under the Nokia X branding or it may not be released at all. Customers wouldn’t really want to buy a device that is already officially dead since this would mean that there will be little or no support at all.
An email sent by Elop to employees states that “We will be particularly focused on making the market for Windows Phone. In the near term, we plan to drive Windows Phone volume by targeting the more affordable smartphone segments, which are the fastest growing segments of the market, with Lumia. 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.”
In line with this recent development the company also plans to lay off a total of 12,500 people from the Nokia Devices and Services unit. “The first step to building the right organization for our ambitions is to realign our workforce. With this in mind, we will begin to reduce the size of our overall workforce by up to 18,000 jobs in the next year. Of that total, our work toward synergies and strategic alignment on Nokia Devices and Services is expected to account for about 12,500 jobs, comprising both professional and factory workers. We are moving now to start reducing the first 13,000 positions, and the vast majority of employees whose jobs will be eliminated will be notified over the next six months”