Opera browser to be pre-installed on Nokia's X phones

Nokia's Chief Executive Stephen Elop holds up the Nokia X at its unveiling at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, February 24, 2014. REUTERS/Gustau Nacarino

OSLO (Reuters) - Opera Software'sOPERA.OL internet browser will be pre-installed on Nokia's NOK1V.HE new low-cost mobile phone platform, known as the X, Norway's Opera said on Monday.

“At launch time, the Nokia models launching with Opera pre-installed ... include the devices Nokia X, Nokia X+ and Nokia XL,” Opera wrote in a statement.

Introduced just days before Microsoft MSFT.O is expected to take over Nokia's mobile phone operations in a $7.2 billion deal, the X phones are nevertheless based on rival Google's GOOG.O Android software.

Reporting by Terje Solsvik