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More images surface of the Nokia X and its tile UI

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More images surface of the Nokia X and its tile UI
We should be less than one week away from the announcement of Nokia's first Android device, the Nokia X (aka Normandy). We've seen press images and other images coming out of the device, and now we're getting to see a bit more of the hardware itself as well as the custom UI that Nokia has created for Android that makes it look similar to Windows Phone.

As you can see in the pics, the Nokia X will be loaded up with Nokia's HERE maps, and it does have an app store of some sort. We still don't know exactly how that will work, or how many apps will be in it though. Interestingly, it looks like users will be able to resize the tiles in a similar fashion to Windows Phone, because one image shows the Email app with that familiar arrow. There does also appear to be a way to create folders for apps even in the tile interface.

The hardware itself doesn't really look all that interesting, especially in the matte black. It does look like it may be a bit thick, but it's hard to tell in the pictures. One odd thing is that it looks as though there is no flash on the device, because the only thing on the rear of the handset is the camera. We know that Nokia is trying to cut costs, but not including a flash seems like a bad choice. 

Stay tuned next week for our MWC coverage, because we are likely to get more info on Normandy then. 


source: CoolXAP via G4Games

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posted on 20 Feb 2014, 13:20 1

1. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6579; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


So it's a android tiles meet windows

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 13:35 6

4. networkdood (Posts: 6274; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


You can download a windows tile launcher right now, just to see if you would like it...

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 13:40 3

5. papss (unregistered)


I didn't personally like the launcher when I tried them but that's just a matter of personal taste

posted on 21 Feb 2014, 05:18 1

30. sgodsell (Posts: 1289; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


There is quite a few to try out now. Not to mention if you want to try out iOS there is a number of them. There are so many launchers now, even webos, windows 8/7, palm, and so many more themes and launchers to try out.

posted on 21 Feb 2014, 22:08

35. Pancholo (Posts: 377; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


Plot twist: This is really Windows's attempt at letting Nokia customize their UI - it will still be a WP 8.1!

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 13:48 1

8. rd_nest (Posts: 770; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


Why can't these guys stop a leak now?

Everything is known about this and new HTC one.

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 18:55 1

19. aksa123 (Posts: 217; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)


Nah, it's more like android + asha.

Android without playstore is a joke, coz android is all about apps !

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 13:29 4

2. sumwhatrediculous (Posts: 17; Member since: 22 Jan 2014)


so why not stop being stupid and join google and make android the basis for windows phone
you could still connect to a windows pc with minimal problems and Microsoft could make a useable outlook and office for androids that will use the same doc files so you don't have to reformat when ya work from your phone a la galaxy note

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 13:44

7. networkdood (Posts: 6274; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Would be neat..

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 13:32 3

3. mokhtar (Posts: 246; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)


is this a joke !

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 15:20 3

15. sipha (Posts: 292; Member since: 12 May 2012)


it has to be man, it just has to!!

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 13:41 2

6. papss (unregistered)


I don't hate the way the hardware looks but the one back arrow seems strange to me.

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 13:49 6

9. Väliaikainen (unregistered)


Seems weird to me. If they are making Android, then why do they make it look like Windows?

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 16:48 3

17. Jason78 (Posts: 66; Member since: 10 Apr 2013)


Don't expect see see "Android" in any Microsoft or Nokia press release. They don't want the consumer to know that it is running android under a Windows UI skin. Just like Amazon doesn't say that their Kindle tablet is running a forked version of android.

This is the replacement for the Asha line of feature phones. The idea is to introduce the Windows user experience and Microsoft services. So it will have Outlook mail, Bing Search, Skydrive online storager, Xbox Music, Here Maps, etc.

posted on 21 Feb 2014, 01:14 1

27. Suo.Eno (Posts: 185; Member since: 17 Feb 2013)


All the more reason why I'm not getting the genius behind the idea. WP are a lot "lighter" at sys/hw reqs if we're to talk about the Asha line, forking an Android build just to bundle in the MS UX + apps into it on top of a Snapdragon 200 driven device sounds like a short term money grab at best (at that when you really think about it, it's something MS or Nokia themselves can/should have done already in the 1st place like probably last year)?

FYI most consumers = feature/smartphone users won't be noobs forever unless this is gonna be their 1st device. Long term past the 2 year mark and on to a 2nd upgrade they're gonna know better anyways.

posted on 21 Feb 2014, 05:17

29. livyatan (Posts: 699; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)


WP is not lighter than Android 4.4.
It's actually the opposite

posted on 21 Feb 2014, 07:20

33. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3556; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Why??

posted on 21 Feb 2014, 06:43 2

31. Jason78 (Posts: 66; Member since: 10 Apr 2013)


The average phone buyer doesn't hang out on Phone Arena and read about phones. They just go into the store and pick one out. Most people that I know don't know what software is running on their phone. They simply know they have an Apple, Samsung, Motorola, etc. They could care less about the OS as long as it works. This is also why manufacturers get away with not updating their phones to the latest version of android. Most people don't know or care.

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 13:56

10. MojoDojo (Posts: 82; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


Why are Nokia going to make a full event for this phone?

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 13:57 1

11. PBXtech (Posts: 980; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


I hope they sell an insane amount of these so MS(Nokia?) will be encouraged to release a high end model. At the moment, I can't see this replacing my G2 any time in the future.

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 14:06 3

12. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 1126; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


That would be like going from a Lamorghini to a Ford Fiesta.

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 14:16 1

13. kamrananimation (Posts: 2; Member since: 20 Feb 2014)


This ui will going to be a non popular experience
:D

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 14:30 3

14. ihavenoname (Posts: 1437; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


I'm not sure how people will like the UI, but "Nokia", "Affordable" and "Android" will quarantee very wealthy sales numbers.

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 21:28 2

24. Jason78 (Posts: 66; Member since: 10 Apr 2013)


The only people that will know this phone runs a forked version of android are people that hang out on phone sites like Phone Arena. To the general public this will just be a Nokia phone.

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 15:30 1

16. AfterShock (Posts: 2812; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Watermark madness.

posted on 21 Feb 2014, 02:00 1

28. fireblade (Posts: 708; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)


and censored fingers

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 18:44

18. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 1948; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


.... Ummm No....

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 19:03 1

20. Genersis (Posts: 197; Member since: 29 May 2013)


I'm not sure the tile concept really works too well without them being live, so to speak.

posted on 21 Feb 2014, 07:22

34. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3556; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Yeah, otherwise they are just big chunks that waist space on the screen... WP is the only right way for this..

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 20:04 1

21. -box- (Posts: 3820; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Folks seem surprised that a phone designed to be affordable (Asha) lacks features, e.g. flash, bigger screen, thin body, etc. This is not a phone to take anything near flagship status, let alone mid-level.

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 20:33 1

22. arenanew (Posts: 202; Member since: 30 Dec 2013)


personaly i dont need google service which full of nonsense this us far good replace and easily replace asha series . and second all people who have android phone they visit 4 -5 time in a year for repairing . so i never want to know what is android . this excellent phone after my asha 501

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 21:12 1

23. zhypher_23 (Posts: 195; Member since: 04 Jun 2012)


Slap Cyanogenmod on this Baby and we'll call it a Deal :]

posted on 21 Feb 2014, 00:32 1

25. Antonyjoseph (Posts: 215; Member since: 06 Apr 2013)


From the pics, this device looks at least 12 - 13 mm thick. Wish Nokia had brought out a better looking phone, even if it is a low-end device. The idea seems good, but not the execution.

posted on 21 Feb 2014, 07:08 1

32. bon24x7 (Posts: 205; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)


seems like a prototype.. there's no logo of Nokia either..which is weird...

posted on 21 Feb 2014, 01:05

26. cbelltec (Posts: 8; Member since: 21 Feb 2014)


hope this device wont be something like what amazon does

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