Microsoft officially dabbles with Android for Nokia X2, could we see more of the same in future?

Microsoft has announced the Nokia X2, the second generation cheap and cheerful Android-based smartphone aimed at the entry level market.

It's the first instance of Microsoft itself releasing an Android device as the original Nokia X was announced and launched before the software giant officially took the reins of Nokia's devices division.

This is perhaps because the Android-centric Nokia X Software Platform 2.0 has been overhauled, using a skin that looks very much like Windows Phone, with all of Microsoft's services brought to the forefront. However, it still has access to the world of Android apps, so could be seen as the best of both worlds.

In specifications terms, the Nokia X2, like the original, is very much aimed at the budget end of the market. It has a 4.3-inch ClearBlack display with a resolution of 800 x 480. Driving the show is a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor and 1GB of RAM. And the rear camera has a 5-megapixel sensor - the front is 0.3-megapixel.

It will be available initially as a dual-SIM device, suggesting its focus is on other shores, however it will roll out globally in July for 99 euros (around £80).