Nokia Launches Its First Android Phone

Nokia has unveiled its first family of Android phones at the Mobile World Conference in Barcelona.

The announcement has been expected, despite Microsoft specifying plans to buy Nokia's mobile division at the end of last year.

The XL will feature a 5 inch screen, a front facing two megapixel camera and a rear facing five megapixel camera.

Nokia was once a leader in the mobile phone industry yet has struggled in recent years.

Ben Wood, head of research at CCS Insight said: "Nokia was caught between a rock and a hard place.

"Non-participation in the low-cost smartphone market where Android is rampant leaves a lot of money on the table but turning to Android must have been a bitter pill to swallow.

"If you stand back, for a soon-to-be Microsoft-owned company to embrace Android is a perplexing strategic move. I believe it was a ?decision where Nokia felt it had few other options given Android's entry-level dominance in phones and apps, particularly in emerging markets."

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