Here's how sideloaded apps and widgets should behave on the Nokia X and Nokia XL
0. phoneArena 25 Feb 2014, 11:56 posted on
One of the several things that make the Nokia X and Nokia XL smartphones awesome is that they can run Android applications. That shouldn't come as a surprise as the handsets actually run a heavily customized variant of Android OS. However, the Nokia store isn't the only place where a Nokia X owner can get their Android apps from. Nothing is holding you back from sideloading your own Android APKs onto the device – a huge fraction of the existing Android apps should already work without requiring any software tweaks...
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1. boosook (Posts: 1406; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)
The real question is: why should I live without the google apps, or why should I waste my precious time trying to transform this Nokia X in a standard Android phone?
2. user996 (Posts: 215; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)
nokia optimized os to work on low specs so that is not good idea i think. i like it as it is now. you can download any .apk that's enough
3. Skoms (Posts: 118; Member since: 03 Feb 2014)
WP and Elop killed nokia, sad sad sad.
Why dont realease a real Android phone.
nokia is microsoft now, and they behave like microsoft
23. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1505; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)
Nokia is not dead. Nokia makes the best and is the number one Windows smart phone OEM, Android fans should realize that
there is room enough for other Operating systems on smart
phones. Samsung LG, Sony, HTC. ZTE, Motorola and others make android smart phones. Nokia decided not to and worked to be the BEST in Windows Smart phones that is a success and they did just that that is a success not a failure! Nokia goes away with 7 Billion dollars and is debt free and can make smart phones again in 2 or 3 years. Nokia can rebuild and do what it wants NOW
26. gilbs72 (Posts: 4; Member since: 10 Nov 2012)
Companies who've carried several OSes in their lineup (e.g. Samsung, HTC, etc.) learned that a greater number (by a wide margin) of their customers prefer Androids. Even Nokia's performance under Windows is a failure if you consider the massive Nokia customers which they could have retained. Perhaps the only other OS which would have competed is iOS - if only it wasn't proprietary to Apple products only.
7. enterthemax (Posts: 8; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)
because they're great pieces of hardware. And they're cheap
12. corporateJP (Posts: 2431; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)
"because they're great pieces of hardware. And they're cheap"
8. arenanew (Posts: 258; Member since: 30 Dec 2013)
what is android and google service i dont need any google service becoz they selling underwaer
24. gilbs72 (Posts: 4; Member since: 10 Nov 2012)
The global market share by platform says it all. :)
25. gilbs72 (Posts: 4; Member since: 10 Nov 2012)
I like Nokia phones, but this isn't one. It's a Microsoft product - no-where near what millions and millions of loyal Nokia users have used and bought over and over again, through the years. If you've used Nokia the past decades, no reason to stick to this one. The experience is quite different - just like any new OS, except Microsoft bought the "Nokia" logo and stuck it on this phone. But the hardware may still be Nokia-solid. Wish someone would build an Android custom ROM with the ever-familiar Nokia look and feel (improved of course).
4. mss1988 (Posts: 34; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)
The real question is: Can hackers rip off Here maps and make it installable to "normal" android devices.
5. Rocksteady (unregistered)
Actually I hope this happens, Nokia's offline navigation is really good.
15. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 1157; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)
HERE Maps uses custom APIs, so it needs lots of work before being able to port to other Android handets
6. omaar97 (Posts: 14; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)
I'm really disappointed by those devices -- even more than the Galaxy S5
I expected something FAR better from Nokia
I want Google Android, not Microsoft Android
21. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1505; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)
Yoo Man these smart phones are designed for People with a limited income to buy. You should know the deal by now which is " The Higher the Tech the bigger the check you need to pay for it". A lot of people cannot afford to pay 500, 600 700, 800 dollars for a smart phone. the Nokia XL is about 140 USA
dollars. it's I think the cheapest 5 inch smart phone on the planet and believe me they will sell like hot cakes flaws and all
9. PBXtech (Posts: 1032; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)
Bigger question is what are the button configurations? Looks like there's just a back button, so even if you were to install a custom launcher, you'd have to do a work around for the menu and home buttons. If this can run Nova launcher, the UI problem is over, as long as the buttons allow normal operations.
16. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 1157; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)
It does support Nova Launcher (http://blog.gsmarena.com/nokia-x-can-get-conventional-android-ui-via-nova-launcher/) although the button issue is still there
18. hassoups (Posts: 471; Member since: 06 Jun 2013)
All in one gestures then swipe from bottom of the screen for home lol
10. tttony (Posts: 29; Member since: 22 Jul 2012)
We want a 100% android phone, no exclusivities
11. elitewolverine (Posts: 4909; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)
They gave you that, you are just to blind to realize that google is the only droid player. When in reality the Android OS is seperate from google, even though they rely heavily on it. Android is Free for ANYONE.
What you call 100% i call a waist, i dont use google anymore so all that running in the background does nothing for me.
13. tttony (Posts: 29; Member since: 22 Jul 2012)
I know that, but I'm referring to its SDK, why another SDK? I just dont want to install another SDK to develop an Android app only for Nokia phones, that's ridicolous
I hope that its SDK is not mandatory for Nokia phones
Android SDK it's enough
19. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
Technically, Google owns Android, but, yeh, elite makes a good point, as anyone can create their own forked version of Android and having Google apps are not necessary...
BTW, it is waste, not waist
14. sinple (Posts: 129; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)
we can always side load the google app store, if thats what ppl wan?
17. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 1157; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)
It's not as easy as it seems. We'd have to manually install Google's APIs (which I have no idea how)
22. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1505; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)
even as we speak the Android community is working out the details to make apps that will make it easy to port Google play apps to the 3 Nokia "X" phones. Google would be wise not to stop them because Google makes money off some of the Apps in the Google play store. In Fact Google should make an app and put it in the Nokia "X" phones Nokia store so it can make money from People buying apps for the Nokia "X" phones. this may sound as crazy as hell but Google has a big opportunity to make money here. enough said.