Nokia X2 smartphone will run Android OS that looks like Windows Phone

Nokia's first smartphone under Microsoft will run Android, but will only offer apps from the Nokia Store.

Published Tue, Jun 24 2014 5:24 AM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:16 PM CST

The first smartphone to come from Microsoft since it purchased Nokia won't run the company's Windows Phone OS; rather the device will run Android. The Android interface on the Nokia X2 looks like Windows Phone, but underneath it's all Android. The X2 will offer users pre-installed apps that will hook the device into Microsoft's cloud services.

Nokia X2 smartphone will run Android OS that looks like Windows Phone |

Analyst Ben Wood from CCS Insight says that he sees the Nokia X2 as an admission that Microsoft's entry-level Asha line of smartphones were unable to compete with entry-level Android devices. The Nokia X2 has a 4.3-inch screen and 1GB of RAM.

The phone will also feature a larger battery than the original Nokia X smartphone along with the addition of a front facing camera. Microsoft will sell the Nokia X2 for $135 when it launches in July. Perhaps the biggest drawback to the Nokia X2 is that out of the box it can only use apps from the Nokia Store.


Shane is a long time technology writer who has been writing full time for over a decade. Shane will cover all sorts of news for TweakTown including tech and other topics. When not writing about all things geeky, he can be found at the track teaching noobs how to race cars.

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