Nokia Introduces $99 Asha Phone Lineup and New OS

In a statement released yesterday, Nokia unvieled the new dual-SIM Asha 501 complete with its new Asha OS. Nokia bought the Norwegian mobile OS developer Smarterphone in January 2012 and is proud to show off their new budget friendly device. Nokia had this to say about the launch:

“The key feature of the new software is its ability for users to swipe between two screens: the traditional home screen to launch apps and phone functions, and the “Fastlane” skin, which lists recently accessed contacts, social networks, and apps, it said. Smarterphone develops an OS which runs smarter, smartphone-like apps on feature phones. The new Asha platform provides developers with an open, standards-based environment for creating quality apps for consumers. Developers can create apps for the Nokia Asha 501 that will be compatible with future Asha platform-based devices.

Outside of the new OS, Asha 501 owners who are also Airtel subscribers in India or Africa will be able to access Facebook–whether via the app or browser–without additional data charges. This service will be available for a limited time after its launch.

Consumers can expect the device to hit retailers in June, with six different color options and availability in more than 90 countries.

From June, consumers can buy the phone, which will be available in six colors, from 60 operators and distributors in more than 90 countries.

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