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Microsoft-owned Nokia unveils Google Android range of smartphones

Microsoft-owned Nokia made a bold announcement at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona as it unveiled its first ever range of Google Android devices. The three smartphones, the Nokia X, X+ and XL, are the first Nokia devices to run Google's Android since the company forged a partnership with Microsoft in February of 2011.

The X range of smartphones operate on a forked version of Android that scarcely resembles the stock software found on a Nexus device.

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Nokia's VP of devices and services, Stephen Elop, took to the stage to unveil the new range. During the presentation he said the use of Android "ensures a high degree of Android app compatibility while introducing people to Microsoft's services".

The most expensive Nokia Android device, the Nokia XL, will be priced at 109 euros. Elop said the range has been strategically priced to appeal to people from growing markets.

"Lumia continues to be our primary smartphone strategy," Elop said. "The Nokia X family serves the fast growing affordable smartphone segment in particular for people in growth markets."

The top of the range XL features a 5in display with a screen resolution of 800x480 pixels. Inside the bright-coloured smartphone is a 1GHz dual-core CPU, 768MB of RAM and up to 32GB of storage, bundled with a 4GB microSD card.

The XL has two cameras: a 2MP front facing camera and a 5MP rear cam.

Nokia said the XL will begin rolling out in different markets from Q2 of 2014. No Australian local pricing or availability was disclosed.

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