Introduced just a year ago, the Nokia X family of handsets is what Nokia has to offer for ever-loving Android fans while bringing the same robust quality of hardware that Nokia offers long before smartphones exist. It then brought a follow-up recently with the new Nokia X2 which proven that Nokia can do best when enhancing the smartphone experience by introducing a new environment for Android users while maintaining the User Interface most familiar with Windows Phone devices.
As users starts to recognize Nokia’s effort in Android Platform, Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella announced that the company is laying off about 18,000 employees within the next year. In connection to that, Microsoft devices chief Stephen Elop, announced that the Nokia X program will be scrap off and will focus its interest to Lumia devices.
We do not know currently on what will happen to the new Nokia X2 which have been around for a while now as an existing product. We also doubt that users who has the knowledge about this announcement would still buy Nokia X and X2 devices knowing that they are already dead on arrival, it’s like that time when Nokia released the N9 with Meego platform on one end while Windows Phone was on full implementation on the other end killing off the former.
The company will now focus on Windows Phone and all future Nokia X designs and services will shift into Windows Phone devices immediately, But support and sales of existing Nokia X products will remain according to Stephen Elop.
Almost 70 per cent of the total job cuts are coming from the Nokia Devices and Services unit, those under the roof comprises both factory workers and IT professionals will be notified over the next six months and will receive a severance package. As other company acquisitions that happened in the past, these scenarios are a familiar picture and is greatly expected to happen sooner of later, on the faith of Nokia’s employees that faith seems to arrive much sooner.
Satya Nadella said that the reduction on workforce are dictated by the need of work simplification and strategic alignment with the Nokia Devices and Services integration. Microsoft’s phone engineering efforts will concentrate in Salo, Finland for future high-end products and Tampere, Finland for affordable low-end and mid-end devices.