Nokia-X2-Dual-SIM-appsMicrosoft’s brief tenure as an Android phone maker is coming to an end.

As part of the 18,000 job cuts announced by the company today, Microsoft says it will be moving future versions of its fledgling Nokia X product line from Android to Windows Phone — ending the Android project that began inside Nokia prior to the Redmond company’s acquisition of the company’s smartphone business.

We will be particularly focused on making the market for Windows Phone,” writes Microsoft devices chief Stephen Elop, the former Nokia CEO, in an email to employees. “In the near term, we plan to drive Windows Phone volume by targeting the more affordable smartphone segments, which are the fastest growing segments of the market, with Lumia.”

He continues, “In addition to the portfolio already planned, we plan to deliver additional lower-cost Lumia devices by shifting select future Nokia X designs and products to Windows Phone devices. We expect to make this shift immediately while continuing to sell and support existing Nokia X products.”

The former Nokia business will be particularly hard hit by Microsoft’s layoffs, representing about 12,500 of the jobs to be cut. In his email message, Elop explains how the cuts will impact the former Nokia employees in different geographies.

Our phone engineering efforts are expected to be concentrated in Salo, Finland (for future, high-end Lumia products) and Tampere, Finland (for more affordable devices). We plan to develop the supporting technologies in both locations. We plan to ramp down engineering work in Oulu. While we plan to reduce the engineering in Beijing and San Diego, both sites will continue to have supporting roles, including affordable devices in Beijing and supporting specific US requirements in San Diego. Espoo and Lund are planned to continue to be focused on application software development.

Previously: Microsoft cutting 18,000 jobs, 14% of company, in its largest layoffs ever

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  • Patrick Husting

    Why Stephen Elsop snuck this out the door prior to the acquisition is a strange thing. He should have killed it prior to the acquisition. They shouldn’t have brought him over to MSFT with making a decision like this. Poor judgement.

    Glad they killed it.

    • SilverSee

      Law requires that companies continue operate independently until a merger is concluded. Killing the X project prior to the merger would have violated both ethical and legal rules.

      Elop’s job at Nokia was to make the hardware successful, by whatever means. At Microsoft, his job is create hardware that best serves the platform. It might seem like a reversal, but he is doing his job in both cases.

      And I agree, glad they killed it.

  • Mobile Pundits

    This was expected to happen from Microsoft.The only reason they had an android phone was because it was already developed when they bought Nokia. No reason for Microsoft to support android when Microsoft Windows Phone works much better and doesn’t suffer the app freezes and random reboots that android does. Now with more resources going to Microsoft Windows Phone its going to be interesting to see what they come up with next.

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