Among the details in Microsoft’s big layoff news was the fact that the company plans to pull back on Nokia’s brief foray into Android-based phones.
“We plan to shift select Nokia X product designs to become Lumia products running Windows,” CEO Satya Nadella wrote in his memo announcing the job cuts. Despite the use of the word select, Microsoft clarified it doesn’t plan to make future Android-based Nokia X phones.
One of the big questions surrounding Microsoft’s Nokia acquisition was whether they would continue making devices running Android.
Announced only this past February, the idea behind Nokia X was to pair the open source Android core with Microsoft and Nokia services and, in doing so, reach lower prices than Microsoft had been able to hit with Windows Phones.