News from Nokia’s Mobile World Congress 2014 announcement

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At Mobile World Congress Stephen Elop said Windows Phone had more than 10% market share in Italy, Belgium, Poland, Finland, UK, and that the Nokia Lumia 520 Number 1 smartphone in the world in 75-100 Euro price range

He also announced BBM is coming to Lumia and Photoshop Express amd Food Panda also.

He announced the Nokia 220 which will cost 29 Euro, feature Nokia’s Express browser and work with Bing.

Also has single and dual SIM.  Has a month stand-by time and 2G internet.

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Nokia ASHA 230.  It is 45 Euro with a touch screen.

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The ASHA Platform will get an update later this year, which will bring Microsoft OneDrive.

Nokia now introduced the Nokia X and X-plus, focussed on the sub-$100 price range.

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The phones run Android applications, Nokia experiences and Microsoft services.

They feature a monobody design, 4 inch touch screen, and the Plus version has extra memory and SD-card expansion.

They also feature the Fast Lane Experience, and come pre-loaded with Facebook and Skype.

It takes advantages of the Android app ecosystem and introduce users to Microsoft’s services.  He says Microsoft will be able to reach people Microsoft were never able to reach before.

The Nokia Store will feature a high quality curated experience, and will also allow 3rd party stores like the Yandex store, or allow the side loading via microSD card.

The handset will have Nokia’s Glance screen, and home screens, the Start Screen and the Fast Lane screen.

He also announced a 3rd device, the Nokia XL

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The device has a 5 inch WVGA screen and 5 megapixel rear and 2 megapixel front-facing camera.

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The Skype team was trotted out, and offered 1 month unlimited world subscription and 10 GB of free storage for Nokia X customers.

The Nokia X range will be broadly available, but starting in “growth” markets.

The handsets will cost Nokia X 89 euro available immediately. The Nokia X Plus will cost 99 euro and Nokia XL 109 euro, starting in Q2.

Nokia X handsets will be cheaper than Lumia handsets, even while Lumia handsets get cheaper.

The handsets are meant to be a gateway to Microsoft services and Lumia will be the location of the greatest innovation and compatibility with Microsoft services.

And that seems to be it – no Windows phone handsets announced after all.

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