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Nokia X gets its first update, lets you change those Android tile colors

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Nokia X gets its first update, lets you change those Android tile colors

It looks like the Android-running Nokia X has gotten its first update. The 16MB package is mostly dedicated to dealing with a particular shortcoming of Nokia's UI design. Did you notice that each row of app tiles comes in the same color, while all native apps' icons are white? While this gives it a uniform look, it makes the Nokia X's homescreen pretty disorientating, even after you get used to it.


Users complained, Nokia listened, and there you go - the new update lets you change those tiles' colors as you wish. Unfortunately, this applies only to third-party apps. Still, after installing, long-press on a tile, and tap on the small color wheel to the bottom right. You're set. The available shades are dark blue, pink, purple, orange, green, and sky blue.


If you haven't received the update, use the Settings -> About Phone -> System updates menu to check manually. We don't know whether the other X-series phones are getting the update, but we assume Nokia will take care of them as well.


via WPXbox

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posted on 28 Mar 2014, 08:54 9

1. akki20892 (Posts: 3234; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Looks like Nokia is improving faster than MS.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 09:00 1

2. amirlukmanhisyam (Posts: 40; Member since: 26 Jun 2012)


You only notice after so long? (since Feb 11)

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 09:20 9

3. alterecho (Posts: 1051; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


Microsoft? Improving??

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 10:20 3

11. akki20892 (Posts: 3234; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Lol ...

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 19:29

28. Finalflash (Posts: 1416; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Yea, it usually happens when they try something new and "improve" on it by taking it back to before they broke it.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 09:24 12

4. alterecho (Posts: 1051; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


I walked in to a store to check out the Nokia X. They had removed the Windows Phone like tile launcher and installed a custom launcher.

Most probably because customers thought that it too was Windows Phone, and didn't care to check it out.

I tried to control my laughter, in the store. :D

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 09:32 2

6. nlbates66 (Posts: 277; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)


so, did the store do it or did a customer come in and do it because it's hilarious? :)

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 09:44

8. alterecho (Posts: 1051; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


I don't know how launchers are installed on Android, but I'm pretty sure it can't be installed in short period. So it must have been the store.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 10:45 1

13. sprockkets (Posts: 1075; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


It's pretty easy. You just install one and as soon as you hit home, it will ask you which one to use and whether or not to make it the default.

Go to settings then apps then look for launcher apps like nova, kk launcher, etc. See if you can clear defaults for them.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 15:23

25. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Yea a customer could have done it as long as there was internet access on the phone, wifi was open, was a free app.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 19:30

29. Finalflash (Posts: 1416; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Likely they had to side load it because MS doesn't have any custom launchers on their store (their Android store?).

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 09:40

7. lagdroid (banned) (Posts: 15; Member since: 28 Mar 2014)


People dont care thats why its sold out in china in just 4 min.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 09:46 1

9. alterecho (Posts: 1051; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


They must have known beforehand that its actually Android and not Windows Phone, as the theme suggests.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 11:51

14. lagdroid (banned) (Posts: 15; Member since: 28 Mar 2014)


Wp is not too bad

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 14:25 1

24. sgodsell (Posts: 873; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


That's why Nokia has to now make and sell Android like phones, because WP is not selling. Sorry hardly anyone is buying any WP devices. Look at the last quarter alone. Only 8.8 million WP devices sold, and that is with sales of devices like the 520 for as low as $49. That is down from the previous quarter.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 12:10 2

15. Arte-8800 (limited) (Posts: 3086; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


people bought this cause of android, not because of nokia or wp

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 12:14

17. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1099; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


If that was the case then they wouldn't go for the forked version.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 12:32 4

19. alterecho (Posts: 1051; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


Actually, Its because of Nokia and because it doesn't run WP.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 14:00 1

22. Arte-8800 (limited) (Posts: 3086; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


and no one likes wp.....

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 12:37

20. muhsen (Posts: 238; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)


Well, it's stupid to put a launcher because u lose the fastlane , which is the nokia x notifications centre. As when u install a launcher on the x , the pulldown menu is just for toggles (like asha) not the default android one.
also, its very stupid to mistake a nokia X for a WP device. The lack of the three WP buttons is enough to point out that it's not a WP device.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 09:30

5. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2288; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


My friend got this update couple of days before.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 10:00

10. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 1649; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


So does this update, fix the lagg?? ... Oh wait... Nvm lol

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 12:12 1

16. Arte-8800 (limited) (Posts: 3086; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


what lag....? it lagged cause android needs 1gb or ram to run smooth and wp and ios has a very light os which can run smooth with 512ram.
android is 5 years matured than 5years back wp

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 21:24

30. fireblade (Posts: 628; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)


KitKat has no lag, d8mb @ss. Even my cheap chinese phone which is still ICS & dual core mediatek doesn't lag at all.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 10:23 1

12. Liveitup (Posts: 841; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Nokia X is Android in name only, when you actually think about it its Nokia X is closer to WP than it is to Android, day after the the same haters bash MS yet Android OEM's copies WP designs.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 12:17

18. Arte-8800 (limited) (Posts: 3086; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


cause oldskool nokia was an open platform, symbian s60 is like android, when users didnt know wp was very restricted than ios, they started to bash and dislike hate wp, no one hates nokia, people grew up with nokia with an open platform, soon they realised wp was totally locked they jumped ship to android

3quarters of nokia users have migrated to android and few to ios, which only left nokia fanboys tbuy wp, no wonder it has 3.8 market share

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 15:36

26. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


"Nokia X is Android in name only"

Tell that to the Kindle...that gets counted in Android tablet market share totals...

It can run Android apps by side loading and no emulation.

"Nokia X is Android in name only"

No matter how many times you repeat it...it doesnt make it true. Thats not how it works. I see the wiki for Android devices isnt updated yet...thats fine. Here you go:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nokia_X_family

"The OS is based on version 4.1.2 of the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), much like Amazon's OS for the Kindle Fire line. Nokia X software platform version 1.0 ships with the launch models, X, X+ and XL."

Hmm....a reference to the Kindle Fire...interesting...

"It features a UI which draws on Microsoft's Windows Phone, as well as Nokia's Asha platform.[47]"

Hmm....a UI that draws on/from MS's WP... I know whats happening now...lots of ppl make this mistake....the UI and the OS are 2 different things. Example...Android OS, Samsung UI.

"Google services and applications are replaced with those from Nokia and Microsoft. 75 percent of applications written for Android run unmodified on the platform."

"A SDK is available for the platform, and includes an emulator based on the Android emulator."

"Nokia is discouraging developers from using Windows Phone design patterns and encouraging Android design guidelines on the Nokia X[48]"

https://developer.nokia.com/nokia-x/platform-overview

Please read this link carefully....

Based on Android 4.1.2...face it...its Android...and a recent fork at that.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 15:43

27. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Seems like the app store on the Nokia X will have Android apps...so many Android apps might not need side loading. Just to be in the store.

"The OS is based on version 4.1.2 of the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), much like Amazon's OS for the Kindle Fire line. Nokia X software platform version 1.0 ships with the launch models, X, X+ and XL."

Do you know what this means?....Android OS...and Nokia UI.

The last 2 quotes in my post are interesting. Its time to just face reality....Nokia finally went Android....and the success of this phone is gonna be telling for WP as a whole.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 13:19

21. lyndon420 (Posts: 1685; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Oh wow...different colored tiles??? Shucks Jesus I'm sold...that's all the customization I could ever want or need on an Android device :-)

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 14:13

23. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1011; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


X Phones user and observers get ready for a shock after Microsoft takes over the Nokia mobile assets they were able to buy and that includes the 3 Nokia X phones. The
3 x phones will probably get a Tiles Ui that looks just like Windows 8/8.1 smart phones
have because Microsoft's new soft ware protocols makes it so that all MS software
share as much in common as possible and that includes how the UI looks across all
MS devices. As some you know from my comments although I use a Nokia lumia 928
and like the tiles updating data technology I feel that the MS UI tiles 4 side should be slightly curved outward or the MS UI tile's 4 corners rounded off for the MS UI Tiles to look better.
Microsoft's should do as I suggest if they want to sell more MS Devices because People wont buy what looks homely even if it has great technology

posted on 29 Mar 2014, 19:32

31. lyndon420 (Posts: 1685; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Performance and customization is everything. We have apple users, and those who prefer to be more in tune with their own individuality.

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