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Nokia succumbs to Android appeal in low-cost phone battle

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Feb
2014

By Paul Sandle BARCELONA (Reuters) – Nokia, soon to be acquired by Microsoft Corp, is turning to software created by arch-rival Google for a new line of phones it hopes will make it a late contender in the dynamic low-cost smartphone market. Its first model, the Nokia X, will rely upon an open version of the Android mobile software system created by Google that has become the worlds most popular software used in smartphones. The release of the phone just days before Nokia sells its handset business to Microsoft in a $7.2 billion deal, is an attempt to stay relevant in emerging markets, where low-cost Android phones are being snapped up by hundreds of millions of buyers.

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