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Yes, Nokia's X phones are Android-based, but will regular users know, or care?

0. phoneArena 28 Feb 2014, 23:57 posted on

Nokia has turned to Android for its new family of affordable smartphones, but most users may not see these devices as "Android phones" - and they may not care what OS they're using...

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posted on 01 Mar 2014, 00:01 13

1. Johnnokia (Posts: 1104; Member since: 27 May 2012)


Yes, Regular users do care so much.. Even my Grandma told me ''Have you see the beautiful new Nokia?, they said it gonna be very affordable''

Just watch the hype about it everywhere.

It is currently the second most popular phone after Galaxy S5 in GSMArena.

Imagine, what would happen if Nokia produces high end Android phone!

posted on 01 Mar 2014, 00:10 16

2. Florin.T (Posts: 233; Member since: 16 Dec 2013)


Um, the question was if they know or care if it's based on Android, not if they know or care about the phone in general.

posted on 01 Mar 2014, 00:17 7

4. Johnnokia (Posts: 1104; Member since: 27 May 2012)


Yes Florin,

Even here in the USA, where Nokia is not that popular like in other countries of the world , in my university, a lot of people talking about the first Nokia Android.

Four of my friends want to buy Nokia XL from ebay once it realeases.

posted on 01 Mar 2014, 00:45 13

8. Tas09 (Posts: 7; Member since: 08 Jan 2014)


Johnnokia, you missed the whole point of this article pal. This article is NOT, and I repeat, it's NOT about the phone in general, rather it's OS and how it functions.

And as you said earlier that your 'grandma actually cares', yes, that is the whole point of this article. Regular users do care about the phone's design and it's capabilities, but NOT what's making it all work, in the inside.

posted on 01 Mar 2014, 00:18 4

5. alterecho (Posts: 1098; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


If they know it forces Microsoft services on the user, they won't care.

posted on 01 Mar 2014, 01:31 4

16. sharks (Posts: 236; Member since: 16 Feb 2013)


Don't forget XDA's developers. They will "fix" Nokia's X line to be a proper Android device with custom ROMs.

posted on 01 Mar 2014, 01:51 1

18. Reality_Check (Posts: 277; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


http://www.xda-developers.com/android/nokia-x-rooted-and-loaded-with-google-apps-play-store-and-google-now-launcher/

:D

posted on 01 Mar 2014, 01:53

20. elitewolverine (Posts: 5188; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


like how they are forced to use google? how every call i get on their slow droid, when they see the running process i get 'i dont want that...when did that happen...'. Freaking annoying as hell, not to mention the people that knee jerk at carriers cause all of a sudden google+ starts posting on their behalf.....

posted on 02 Mar 2014, 20:14 1

66. aldridhl (Posts: 73; Member since: 12 Feb 2011)


like google and apple don't peddle their own services on their OS's..

posted on 01 Mar 2014, 01:29 1

15. jael206 (Posts: 145; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)


Yes, they will care.. It's not like "regular" users are less knowledgeable users. They will buy the phone because they know its Android, because they want to experience Android on a Nokia phone. Please don't insult the regular users that much; give them credit. They are getting smarter, and they want an affordable smartphone from a brand that they trust.

posted on 01 Mar 2014, 01:52

19. elitewolverine (Posts: 5188; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


I would say no they dont. Most people dont even know the word android. They have heard of it, but when you truly talk to them it is 'oh i dont know'.

I deal with this every day, every freaking day at work.

The people that care know about 4 os's, people that dont, know it as a phone, smartphone that is.

posted on 01 Mar 2014, 12:01 1

55. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Wrong... The average user does not give a flying rats a$$... Just ask your girlfriend.

posted on 02 Mar 2014, 19:27

65. jael206 (Posts: 145; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)


Lol.. My girlfriend loves her Sony Xperia. Nice try bro

posted on 01 Mar 2014, 02:27

27. ScottSchneider (Posts: 334; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)


I have a Question... (Jus saying) If this phone sells in 10's of Millions, how will the market share be? Since it is not running Playstore.. Will the Market Share for Android go up? Confused...

posted on 01 Mar 2014, 07:04

43. Aplusk (Posts: 120; Member since: 10 Nov 2013)


i dont know, wheather i should still call it android. its a linux based kernal apps running everywhere and everyone using it and wants a sweet pie of it. its no more google android. there are android based set top box, yandex app store, mobogenie market, 1mobile market. and i dont no all these have link to single market share called android.

posted on 01 Mar 2014, 07:31 1

44. garlic456 (Posts: 251; Member since: 24 Dec 2012)


I think yok are wrong. This phone is popular, only because of its price/performance awesomeness. No one would buy if it was $700

posted on 01 Mar 2014, 08:22 2

46. akki20892 (Posts: 3901; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Let the war begin guys. Take over Nokia device department and make our own high end android. Nokia and Android can make it legendary phone and unbeatable.

posted on 01 Mar 2014, 00:15 2

3. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Yes, regular users will care! Because it's a Nokia phone running Android, this is what many people want from Nokia, this is what we desire.

posted on 01 Mar 2014, 00:51

10. Tas09 (Posts: 7; Member since: 08 Jan 2014)


Not actual Android, a forked, and in a very good way, version of Android, if that's what you mean. And we? Oh no, I am pretty much sure that no 'Droid' fans would want a phone without Google Play services; what's the actual point in that?

But it's always good to come up with something new.

posted on 01 Mar 2014, 00:58 1

11. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Yeah, the Nokia X series have no Google Play services which is quite disappointing. But here it is, Nokia phone running Android, what else do you want?

posted on 01 Mar 2014, 01:17

14. Wiki_jaan (Posts: 704; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)


http://www.xda-developers.com/android/nokia-x-rooted-and-loaded-with-google-apps-play-store-and-google-now-launcher/

posted on 01 Mar 2014, 02:39 3

28. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1163; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


heads or tails, its still a coin.
forked or not, its still android.

MINDFUKC

posted on 01 Mar 2014, 07:32

45. TechBizJP08 (Posts: 495; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)


How do you say its not a real Android? What's a real android? You asked for an Android Nokia, now here it is. Still you whine? WTF you're at?

posted on 01 Mar 2014, 04:57 4

35. Epicness1o1 (Posts: 276; Member since: 30 May 2013)


I'm sold if they make a Nokia X with 41 MP :D

posted on 01 Mar 2014, 05:26 1

39. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1163; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


everyone wanted that plan

posted on 01 Mar 2014, 00:24 1

6. techperson211 (Posts: 1236; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


If only they've done this way back when they're still a Finnish company. Maybe just maybe they're still a the top of mobile industry. I'm not really into Nokia when Microsoft acquired it.

posted on 01 Mar 2014, 00:46

9. PBXtech (Posts: 1032; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


My guess is people who don't follow tech sites like us will think it's "another version of Windows." MS better make sure it integrates with Windows services smoothly or it may backfire.

posted on 01 Mar 2014, 01:13 3

13. Planterz (Posts: 2103; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


If the Nokia X's are recognized as Android devices, I think a lot of people who buy them will be pissed off, because to them Android means Google, and they'll expect the PlayStore.

A parallel can be drawn with Amazon's Kindle, but people that buy the Kindle don't expect the Play Store.

Associating a "Nokia X Software Platform" with "Fastlane to Android apps" is extremely misleading. While it might technically be true, the average user won't understand what this actually means, and will be disappointed in what they get. The same goes for associating it with WP, since it's NOT true, and they definitely won't get what they expect.

Ask a dozen or two Android phone owners if they know what sideloading is, and you might get one or 2 that do. As for BB10...well, I've never even met anyone who uses one, let alone one that knows about using Android apps on it.

posted on 01 Mar 2014, 01:55 1

22. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4452; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


I'm just not understanding the point of these phones. The price of the Nokia X is right about the same as the Lumia 520, so there's no difference there. Android takes more resources to run smoothly than WP does, especially since they're using 4.1, and these phones are specd like they were released in 2011 so I can't imagine a smooth experience. Finally, to access all of these android apps, you're gonna have to sideload them, and if they're not tech savvy that might not work well.

As far as the BB comparison relating to being able to access android apps, the difference is those phones run BB OS with an emulator to run said apps. These phones will be running a forked version of android to run android apps. For a better analogy, it would be similar to the story about making android apps be able to run on WP devices. Just saying.

posted on 01 Mar 2014, 02:04 1

24. elitewolverine (Posts: 5188; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Emerging markets, a phone that will go on sale probably before the update to 8.1 and less hardware constraints. As well, MS pays nothing to google, gets a free OS in the process.

People concered about the 'app' gap will be drawn to this because it will be most likely cheaper than other droids.

There is a reason walmart barely kep the nokia 521 in stock here in my town that has 8 super walmarts. I still cant find them on the shelves in most stores, and the 70$ asking price is a steal and a half when you box them up and put it up on the shelves.

Most people dont care what OS it is running. No one cares that those 50$ black friday droid tablets were nearly useless, all they cared was that they were $50 and their kids could watch netflix and play angry birds. They didnt care that they couldnt use the tablet without first having a gmail account, that for some odd reason the tablet didnt let them setup and had to link an existing account.

What they cared about was $$$$$$ and how much they dont have to spend.

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