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Nokia talks Asha, Android (and Windows Phone) at Mobile World Congress

At its Mobile World Congress press conference, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop unveils a new Asha device and a curious Windows Phone/Asha/Android hybrid handset.

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On the first day of Mobile World Congress, Nokia took to the stage to talk about its strategy, Microsoft, and reveal five new devices.
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Stephen Elop addresses the crowd at Nokia's MWC 2014 press conference.
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Elop shows off his first new phone of the day: the super-cheap Nokia 220.
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The Nokia 220 costs €29 or $39. Its predecessor, the 105 (pictured here) sells a million handsets every week.
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An update to Nokia's imaging SDK brings new features like image editing, performance optimized editing, and re-framing.
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The phone comes in five colours: yellow, red, black, white, and cyan.
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Next up: the Nokia Asha 230.
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This is a simple, cheap smartphone costing €45 ($60, £37).
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Aha! "X" was the rumoured name of a new Nokia Android phone...
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...and here it is: the Nokia X and X+ are Android-powered smartphones.
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They run a forked version of Android, rather like Amazon's Kindle Fire line, which means they don't have the Play Store or other Google services. Developers will be able to easily port their Android apps though.
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Its app store will have different monetization methods for emerging markets, including try and buy and operator billing.
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It doesn't look much like normal Android.
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You can move tiles around and enlarge them for more functions, very like Windows Phone's live tiles.
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The XL is a bigger version.
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You get a month of free Skype and 10GB of OneDrive storage with all X phones.
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The full range. The X is €89 ($122, £73), the X+ is €99 ($136, £82) and the XL is €109 ($150, £90).
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Here's how Nokia sees it fitting in with its other brands. The Lumia remains its premium flagship line.
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"Nokia has connected billions of people around the world. Microsoft has put a PC on every desk. Together, we can connect people in a world that's mobile and cloud first," Elop said.

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