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Don't worry: you can sideload any APK on Nokia X

0. phoneArena 24 Feb 2014, 04:07 posted on

Yet, while the Nokia X does not support Google Play, this being an Android, you can still easily sideload any Android app via an APK…

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posted on 24 Feb 2014, 04:07 12

1. D.Aceveda (Posts: 359; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)


Oh good so the device will then become usable

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 04:11 7

4. tech2 (Posts: 1931; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


LOL. First thing I'll probably do is install a launcher and remove that god ugly UI.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 04:16 4

5. Skoms (Posts: 118; Member since: 03 Feb 2014)


Why? nokia no google play?

Comon make a real Android !

Microsoft is forceing you.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 04:53 1

15. SleepingOz (unregistered)


NOVA launcher all the way!

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 05:03

16. tech2 (Posts: 1931; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


+1. Nova is the best but give Action Launcher a go. It has very interesting and unique features.

I would've made Action Launcher my default but it is a bit buggy ATM. So running Nova till its perfected.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 08:09 2

22. akki20892 (Posts: 3337; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


no Go launcher all the way dude. lol.............this is the best affordable smartphone ever and Plus great advantage is it's a fluid with this kind of specs.

In 109-Euro We get much more- Great Build Quality + Fluid Experience + Nokia Services + Good Camera + We Can Do SideLoad any Apk + Install Launcher +Install Play Store..........Etc.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 04:17 3

6. Reverence (Posts: 224; Member since: 16 Jul 2012)


I'm thinking about CM

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 04:09

2. tech2 (Posts: 1931; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Still you'll not be able to get updates. Also, am not sure how it would work with in-app purchases and subscription based services.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 04:10 1

3. mousesports (Posts: 243; Member since: 28 Feb 2013)


NOKIA FTW

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 04:23 7

7. sip1995 (Posts: 780; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


Install Google play APK and you're ready.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 04:23 1

8. bilalahmed247 (Posts: 9; Member since: 04 Dec 2013)


good to run launcher

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 04:25 2

9. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3526; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


This is good news for the extremely tiny percentage of users that will actually alter their device... Otherwise...

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 04:53 2

14. SleepingOz (unregistered)


You don't need to "alter" your device to sideload apk.
That's android we're talking aboout! :D

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 06:42 1

20. fireblade (Posts: 670; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)


what alter are you talking about? sideloading APK is very easy and doesn't need brain to do it. Just copy APK from somewhere and launch it.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 09:34 2

23. McLTE (Posts: 646; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


The point he is making is that 95% of the consumers interested in phones have no idea what an APK is, let alone how to install one.

I can promise that at the store as people are showing this phone to consumers.. "you can't use the app store, but if you find where the app is, somewhere on Google, you can download it.. then..." and the consumer quickly looks at a different phone.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 10:11

24. networkdood (Posts: 6264; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


That is very true - and that is because people lack intelligent thought and imagination...

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 04:30

10. ScottSchneider (Posts: 313; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)


What happens when u throw in a Gplay apk and install it? If this is possible, then everything is possible.. If not, then no side loading of apps... Wow... why can't they jus give access to Gplay...

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 07:56 1

21. freebee269 (Posts: 519; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)


It's pretty simple. Google play requires Google services. Nokia doesn't want to use Google services they want to use Microsoft services. This is meant as a gateway to Microsoft services for android users or fans. And in order to have Google play services I am willing to bet you'd have to have googles agreement. Since Microsoft and Google aren't on the best terms they aren't easily going to have an agreement. So instead Microsoft is using aosp android to bring android fans closer to Microsoft since it is open source.

My question is will this bring Google to close up android a little bit more and require Google services to be on android if you are going to use android in any way. I can see that happening.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 04:31 1

11. ScottSchneider (Posts: 313; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)


What happens when u throw in a Gplay apk and install it? If this is possible, then everything is possible.. If not, then no side loading of apps... Wow... why can't they jus give access to Gplay...

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 05:17 2

17. sip1995 (Posts: 780; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


Cuz they want to promote Microsoft and Nokia services only.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 04:38 4

12. XaErO (Posts: 139; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)


Install Google Play Store and you have everything an android phone should have !!

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 04:42

13. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 695; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


Yeah, good luck accessing the recent apps with a stock-like launcher

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 05:41

18. papss (unregistered)


Great job creating a gateway device m$/nokia..

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 06:16 1

19. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)


Google Play Store may not be a viable option on the Nokia X series, as you may need certain Google services in order for all apps to function correctly, if at all.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 10:14 1

25. networkdood (Posts: 6264; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


For anyone that is unsure of this just buy the device and visit XDA developers in a few days...

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