Android (and its apps) - that's the best thing about the Nokia X according to a recent poll

The Nokia X is available in select markets starting this month. It’s an important device for both Nokia and Microsoft, because it is based on Android, and yet it offers many Microsoft and Nokia services.

The X is very affordable, costing around $100 unlocked (the exact price depends on market). Nokia recently asked fans on its official Conversations blog which was their favorite feature of the new X handset. 20.1% (slightly over a fifth) of respondents agreed that the ability to run Android apps is the best thing about the X. Android aside, users then voted Nokia apps (HERE Maps, Mix Radio, etc), the “distinctive Nokia design”, Fastlane, and the low price as their favorite things about the new phone. Microsoft services (OneDrive, Outlook, Skype, etc) were voted by only 6.87% of the respondents.

Of course, no one should be surprised that Android is what most fans find useful on the Nokia X. After all, this is why Nokia made this handset (plus the Nokia X+ and XL) from the beginning: to offer the best of both worlds.

source: Nokia Conversations

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1. mayur007

Posts: 593; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

yap i find this only and only thing in nokia x but still this phone doesnt tempts me ..

4. sam_tek

Posts: 105; Member since: Feb 18, 2011

wait a sec, i thought google play services aren't availble for Nokia X ! its not really google android just like kindle fires aren't google androids either! am I missing something?

7. sgodsell

Posts: 7433; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Nokia X is just using the Android name. Meanwhile it has no regular Google services or apps. In fact even Steven Elop stated that Nokia X is being used to help bring users over to Microsoft's services and apps. Then later on upgrade them to WP. That's what was said on a video. So if you want a regular Android device, then don't buy any nokia X device.

8. sam_tek

Posts: 105; Member since: Feb 18, 2011

Precisely my point! then why is PA talking about android? why is nokia talking about android? and why are we all talking about android on this topic. It's not a "google" android people! And if it ain't a google android, it might as well be a WP or any other OS for that matter, as it won't have any of the cool things we all have come to love about the OS in the first place!! For me, it's just a marketing ploy to leech on "Google" Android's goodness! Nokia X being android is getting ridiculous!

13. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

you can root it and une duex troi google services !

18. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

"For me, it's just a marketing ploy to leech on "Google" Android's goodness! Nokia X being android is getting ridiculous!" You just answered your own question with your post.....the Nokia X isnt Google's Android....its just Android. Just like the Kindle and the Nook ( the Nook just recently added the Play Store....but the point still stands it was considered an Android e Reader when it launched)

23. sgodsell

Posts: 7433; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Microsoft and Nokia are using the Android name. Think about it. Android is expected to sell a billion Android smartphones this year alone (2014). That's before Microsoft and Nokia released the Nokia X line of devices. WP is expected to sell only 40-45 million smart phones for the same time frame in 2014. That isn't even 1/20th of Android. Microsoft's is worried when it comes to those new Android users which won't be using Microsoft apps and services. That's why Microsoft and Nokia released the Nokia X line of devices with only Microsoft's apps and services. Microsoft is truly scared that the majority of Android users would realize that they can get on in life without ANY Microsoft services and apps, that's Microsoft's real fear.

36. eharris560

Posts: 78; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Can someone fix this broken record?

37. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I agree. MS is trying to get back what they lost to the iPhone and Android. I thought I would never see the day BB devices near the bottom and on the brink of disappearing.... WP might be in the same boat if they dont turn it around.

33. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

if it runs Android Apps it's Android. other products run Android open source operating systems. in China Android open source is popular and guess what no google Play store there. I have studied the rooting procedure and the procedure to put Google stuff including Google play store on a Nokia X phone plus keep the Nokia and Microsoft apps if you wish. it's not that hard but the question is how many people will go through the procedure's to do these thing

22. Awalker

Posts: 1982; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Many cheap Android phones don't have Google Play services and people still have access to Android apps. There's third party app stores that offer Android apps and you can sideload any Android app including Google Play services.

14. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

A fork of Android can still run Android apps....some , maybe most. Can Android apps run on iOS or WP? Run natively with side loading and not installing some emulator? Exactly. Go look up the Kindle or the Nook. Read article about it.....its always referenced as an Android device. The Kindle is included in Android tablet market share totals. Go to Walmart, target and see all those low quality Android tablets with no official Google Play Store...they are still Android tablets. Why is it all of a sudden a problem for the Nokia X is too?

17. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

The Nokia X hasnt been added to Wikipedia yet tho....dont worry it will be soon :-)

20. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

People just don't know it. So many users will buy it and will then discover that they have no gmail, no google maps, no google search, now, drive, plus etc, no integration between the apps and so on. Some users will be able to root it and install the google apps, but the majority will, maybe, switch to Nokia/Microsot services (at least, this is what they're hoping).

24. FadyNabil

Posts: 39; Member since: May 10, 2013

Nokia doesn't say that this is android, In the official page, the OS is NOkia X Platform. However you can sideload android apps.

39. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I see...interesting. Perception is reality in some cases tho. If enough articles mention it running wont matter what Nokia calls it. I wonder why Amazon or Barnes n Noble never did that..... Even tho the OS is called Fire OS on the says it starts with Android and adds on other features. Cant tell about the Nook because now it comes with Google Play.

3. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

AOSP should be limited to just Open handset alliance and Dev community. Rest of them dont deserve.

12. whatsa

Posts: 7; Member since: Nov 11, 2011

So you're saying google cannot use it. Googles version is only available if you kiss googles behind and get legally locked into their eco-system. Hence why Samsung did Tizen.... If you really feel that way about open source you should be supporting Mer / sailfish / tizen ubuntu. Thats where google stole their stuff from... So they deserve the same treatment.... And come on Droid fans are more open minded I would expect this from apple devotees but not droidites.

21. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Droids are the new Apple devotees, WP is the new Droid. Many Android fans are like Apple fans of the 2007-2012 era. Android is now dominant and even within that community certain OEM's and OS skin takes preference. They don't want to see others come up. They went from being hated on to being haters.

25. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Exactly!.... Pathetic.

30. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Look who's talking..

41. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

the truth that wp is failing at no one has intrest in it

26. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Why would droidfans hate on something like your wp? Honestly? It doesn't compete on any scale I can think of, droid expect to sell a billion, wp 40-45 million. Services are a non compete, googles are heavily more desired by the world then wp. Its open to many OEM, so huge handset choice as well as price point, wp is Nokia pretty much. Wp is trying to ride droid coat tails, but its so fat an useless, it can't even do that well. Droid dominant, for many good reasons, its better is the main one. Wp folk are bitter.

27. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

For the record, I despise the idiotic wp fans. They ruin the underdog status by claiming victory and its the best at every step. I look forward to wp growth, but not its shills. About wp being all that, its not and we simply all know that contrary to shills an them souring the path forward with bs like the ones above my post. This article must have hurt them..wp phone is hacked to get away from, yup you got it wp.

28. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Bro you nailed it. I stand by you 100%

40. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

WP cant be the new Droid....because Android rose towards the top in 2 years. Its going on 4 for WP.....and its still battling BB for 3rd, 4th place....a distant 3rd, 4th place. Seriously.....every thing has fans. Watching the NCAA tournament now. Some fans are just more irritating than others. What I will say tho is I will take Fandroids, WP fanatics over iFans anyday.

5. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

IMO +Nice, colorful design +Nokias own apps +Quality +Nokia brand -Low-end phone=bad specs overall, processor, display, camera etc. -Lack of Google Play -Lack of Google Apps -UI looks oversimplistic

6. williandyzxz

Posts: 17; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

Best ui ever lol

16. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Yeah nokia making android ugly like windows phone 8.

9. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

Here maps because it's offline

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