Here's how sideloaded apps and widgets should behave on the Nokia X and Nokia XL

Here's how sideloaded apps and widgets should behave on the Nokia X and Nokia XL
One of the several things that make the Nokia X and Nokia XL smartphones awesome is that they can run Android applications. That shouldn't come as a surprise as the handsets actually run a heavily customized variant of Android OS. However, the Nokia store isn't the only place where a Nokia X owner can get their Android apps from. Nothing is holding you back from sideloading your own Android APKs onto the device – a huge fraction of the existing Android apps should already work without requiring any software tweaks.

Well, we're glad to see that Nokia's X and XL smartphones play along well with sideloaded apps not only in theory, but in practice as well. While we were at the Nokia booth here at MWC 2014, we transferred one of our favorite games in APK format onto the Nokia XL, and sure enough, it ran smoothly. Unfortunately, we didn't have time to test anything heavier, but the right time for that should come eventually. 

Furthermore, we can confirm that Android widgets are supported on the Nokia X And XL smartphones. In the video below, you'll see Android's stock widget with toggle buttons for the screen brightness, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and so on.

Now feel free to watch the videos below and see how sideloaded Android software behaves on a Nokia X and a Nokia XL. Does this get you even more excited about Nokia's entry into Android territory?

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1. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

The real question is: why should I live without the google apps, or why should I waste my precious time trying to transform this Nokia X in a standard Android phone?

2. user996

Posts: 221; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

nokia optimized os to work on low specs so that is not good idea i think. i like it as it is now. you can download any .apk that's enough

3. Skoms

Posts: 118; Member since: Feb 03, 2014

WP and Elop killed nokia, sad sad sad. Why dont realease a real Android phone. nokia is microsoft now, and they behave like microsoft

23. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Nokia is not dead. Nokia makes the best and is the number one Windows smart phone OEM, Android fans should realize that there is room enough for other Operating systems on smart phones. Samsung LG, Sony, HTC. ZTE, Motorola and others make android smart phones. Nokia decided not to and worked to be the BEST in Windows Smart phones that is a success and they did just that that is a success not a failure! Nokia goes away with 7 Billion dollars and is debt free and can make smart phones again in 2 or 3 years. Nokia can rebuild and do what it wants NOW

26. gilbs72

Posts: 4; Member since: Nov 10, 2012

Companies who've carried several OSes in their lineup (e.g. Samsung, HTC, etc.) learned that a greater number (by a wide margin) of their customers prefer Androids. Even Nokia's performance under Windows is a failure if you consider the massive Nokia customers which they could have retained. Perhaps the only other OS which would have competed is iOS - if only it wasn't proprietary to Apple products only.

7. enterthemax

Posts: 8; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

because they're great pieces of hardware. And they're cheap

12. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

"because they're great pieces of hardware. And they're cheap" ^This. All day...

8. arenanew

Posts: 286; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

what is android and google service i dont need any google service becoz they selling underwaer

24. gilbs72

Posts: 4; Member since: Nov 10, 2012

The global market share by platform says it all. :)

25. gilbs72

Posts: 4; Member since: Nov 10, 2012

I like Nokia phones, but this isn't one. It's a Microsoft product - no-where near what millions and millions of loyal Nokia users have used and bought over and over again, through the years. If you've used Nokia the past decades, no reason to stick to this one. The experience is quite different - just like any new OS, except Microsoft bought the "Nokia" logo and stuck it on this phone. But the hardware may still be Nokia-solid. Wish someone would build an Android custom ROM with the ever-familiar Nokia look and feel (improved of course).

4. mss1988

Posts: 41; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

The real question is: Can hackers rip off Here maps and make it installable to "normal" android devices.

5. Rocksteady unregistered

Actually I hope this happens, Nokia's offline navigation is really good.

15. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

HERE Maps uses custom APIs, so it needs lots of work before being able to port to other Android handets

20. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

it's already available for Nokia X

6. omaar97

Posts: 14; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

I'm really disappointed by those devices -- even more than the Galaxy S5 I expected something FAR better from Nokia I want Google Android, not Microsoft Android

21. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Yoo Man these smart phones are designed for People with a limited income to buy. You should know the deal by now which is " The Higher the Tech the bigger the check you need to pay for it". A lot of people cannot afford to pay 500, 600 700, 800 dollars for a smart phone. the Nokia XL is about 140 USA dollars. it's I think the cheapest 5 inch smart phone on the planet and believe me they will sell like hot cakes flaws and all

9. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

Bigger question is what are the button configurations? Looks like there's just a back button, so even if you were to install a custom launcher, you'd have to do a work around for the menu and home buttons. If this can run Nova launcher, the UI problem is over, as long as the buttons allow normal operations.

16. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

It does support Nova Launcher (​onal-android-ui-via-nova-launcher/) although the button issue is still there

18. hassoups

Posts: 473; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

All in one gestures then swipe from bottom of the screen for home lol

10. tttony

Posts: 29; Member since: Jul 22, 2012

We want a 100% android phone, no exclusivities

11. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

They gave you that, you are just to blind to realize that google is the only droid player. When in reality the Android OS is seperate from google, even though they rely heavily on it. Android is Free for ANYONE. What you call 100% i call a waist, i dont use google anymore so all that running in the background does nothing for me.

13. tttony

Posts: 29; Member since: Jul 22, 2012

I know that, but I'm referring to its SDK, why another SDK? I just dont want to install another SDK to develop an Android app only for Nokia phones, that's ridicolous I hope that its SDK is not mandatory for Nokia phones Android SDK it's enough

19. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Technically, Google owns Android, but, yeh, elite makes a good point, as anyone can create their own forked version of Android and having Google apps are not necessary... BTW, it is waste, not waist

14. sinple

Posts: 132; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

we can always side load the google app store, if thats what ppl wan?

17. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

It's not as easy as it seems. We'd have to manually install Google's APIs (which I have no idea how)

22. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

even as we speak the Android community is working out the details to make apps that will make it easy to port Google play apps to the 3 Nokia "X" phones. Google would be wise not to stop them because Google makes money off some of the Apps in the Google play store. In Fact Google should make an app and put it in the Nokia "X" phones Nokia store so it can make money from People buying apps for the Nokia "X" phones. this may sound as crazy as hell but Google has a big opportunity to make money here. enough said.

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