Don't worry: you can sideload any APK on Nokia X

Don't worry: you can sideload any APK on Nokia X
The Nokia X is the first Nokia Android smartphone, but it looks more like an Asha phone or a Windows Phone device with its tile-based interface and Fastlane notification aggregator. That’s hardly a surprise - Nokia actually “forked” Android doing this, much like Amazon does with its Kindles, so that the X series can be a gateway to Microsoft cloud, not Google’s.

Yet, while the Nokia X does not support Google Play, this being an Android, you can still easily sideload any Android app via an APK. APK is the file format for Android applications that you can get from various sources.

In particular, you seem to be able to download a custom Android launcher that will overhaul the look of the Nokia X to a more stock-like Android one. How do we know? A Nokia executive confirmed the fact that there are no limitations to the type of APKs that you can sideload onto the Nokia X:



Yet, we have not checked for ourselves and the executive was a bit hesitant with this answer, so we'll just wait until we try this ourselves.

Interestingly enough, Nokia also confirmed that you should be able to sideload Google's apps as well, but some apps that require certain APIs might need to be recompiled.

Good news is that we should be able to try this out soon and give you a hands on look with a Nokia X running a sideloaded APK (hopefully, a custom Android launcher), so stay tuned.

source: Nokia

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  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4, Dual-core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 4 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1500 mAh(10.5h 3G talk time)

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24 Comments

1. D.Aceveda

Posts: 433; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

Oh good so the device will then become usable

4. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

LOL. First thing I'll probably do is install a launcher and remove that god ugly UI.

5. Skoms

Posts: 118; Member since: Feb 03, 2014

Why? nokia no google play? Comon make a real Android ! Microsoft is forceing you.

15. SleepingOz unregistered

NOVA launcher all the way!

16. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

+1. Nova is the best but give Action Launcher a go. It has very interesting and unique features. I would've made Action Launcher my default but it is a bit buggy ATM. So running Nova till its perfected.

22. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

no Go launcher all the way dude. lol.............this is the best affordable smartphone ever and Plus great advantage is it's a fluid with this kind of specs. In 109-Euro We get much more- Great Build Quality + Fluid Experience + Nokia Services + Good Camera + We Can Do SideLoad any Apk + Install Launcher +Install Play Store..........Etc.

6. Reverence

Posts: 224; Member since: Jul 16, 2012

I'm thinking about CM

2. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Still you'll not be able to get updates. Also, am not sure how it would work with in-app purchases and subscription based services.

3. mousesports

Posts: 286; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

NOKIA FTW

7. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Install Google play APK and you're ready.

8. bilalahmed247

Posts: 10; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

good to run launcher

9. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

This is good news for the extremely tiny percentage of users that will actually alter their device... Otherwise...

14. SleepingOz unregistered

You don't need to "alter" your device to sideload apk. That's android we're talking aboout! :D

20. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

what alter are you talking about? sideloading APK is very easy and doesn't need brain to do it. Just copy APK from somewhere and launch it.

23. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

The point he is making is that 95% of the consumers interested in phones have no idea what an APK is, let alone how to install one. I can promise that at the store as people are showing this phone to consumers.. "you can't use the app store, but if you find where the app is, somewhere on Google, you can download it.. then..." and the consumer quickly looks at a different phone.

24. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

That is very true - and that is because people lack intelligent thought and imagination...

10. ScottSchneider

Posts: 336; Member since: Dec 06, 2011

What happens when u throw in a Gplay apk and install it? If this is possible, then everything is possible.. If not, then no side loading of apps... Wow... why can't they jus give access to Gplay...

21. freebee269

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 10, 2012

It's pretty simple. Google play requires Google services. Nokia doesn't want to use Google services they want to use Microsoft services. This is meant as a gateway to Microsoft services for android users or fans. And in order to have Google play services I am willing to bet you'd have to have googles agreement. Since Microsoft and Google aren't on the best terms they aren't easily going to have an agreement. So instead Microsoft is using aosp android to bring android fans closer to Microsoft since it is open source. My question is will this bring Google to close up android a little bit more and require Google services to be on android if you are going to use android in any way. I can see that happening.

11. ScottSchneider

Posts: 336; Member since: Dec 06, 2011

What happens when u throw in a Gplay apk and install it? If this is possible, then everything is possible.. If not, then no side loading of apps... Wow... why can't they jus give access to Gplay...

17. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Cuz they want to promote Microsoft and Nokia services only.

12. XaErO

Posts: 353; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

Install Google Play Store and you have everything an android phone should have !!

13. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

Yeah, good luck accessing the recent apps with a stock-like launcher

18. papss unregistered

Great job creating a gateway device m$/nokia..

19. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

Google Play Store may not be a viable option on the Nokia X series, as you may need certain Google services in order for all apps to function correctly, if at all.

25. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

For anyone that is unsure of this just buy the device and visit XDA developers in a few days...

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