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It was a matter of time: the first custom Android ROM for the Nokia X is here!

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It was a matter of time: the first custom Android ROM for the Nokia X is here!
The Nokia X will forever remain in history as the first Android-powered device of the once-dominant Finnish giant. Nevertheless, it's running on a forked version of the mobile platform, which means that the phone does not come with native support for any of Google's mobile services, such as the Play Store or Hangouts.

Of course, it was only a matter of time before the guys at XDA tinkered with the device and made a custom Android firmware for it. Senior XDA developer dhacker29 made a custom Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean ROM for the device. The firmware uses source code from Code Aurora, which consists of vanilla Android and all specific enhancements and optimizations for Qualcomm's chipset, present in the device.

The current build of the firmware is described as stable enough for everyday use. It has a pretty long list of working features, most notably the network connectivity, camera, FM radio, GPS and location services, etc. However, there were some navigation issues, as the Nokia X comes with a single hardware button. Fortunately, the developer of the firmware released a second version, which comes with on-screen navigation buttons.

In order to flash the custom ROM to your Nokia X, you need to root it and flash a recovery tool. Google's apps, the so-called gapps package, have to be flashed as well. You can learn how to do so by following the source link.

source: XDA (1), (2)

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posted on 09 Apr 2014, 09:14 18

1. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)

Suddenly, it became useful.

posted on 09 Apr 2014, 09:16 4

2. akki20892 (Posts: 3902; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)

Because android is useful.

posted on 09 Apr 2014, 09:41 2

4. sgodsell (Posts: 4863; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)

Its specs are so low to begin with. It doesn't really matter. It has only 512mb of ram, 3mp rear camera with no flash, no front facing camera and a Qualcomm 200 cortex-A5 dual core 1ghz CPU. With Android moving up the minimum requirements for KitKat. It requires having a cortex-A7 CPU now. No wonder why Nokia never released these phones over in North America, because it wouldn't sell.

posted on 09 Apr 2014, 12:19 6

17. Finalflash (Posts: 3527; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)

....KitKat lowered the minimum requirements....

posted on 09 Apr 2014, 12:57 3

18. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)

Love how you didnt know that KitKat lowered requirements.

posted on 09 Apr 2014, 11:20

14. rihel_95 (Posts: 301; Member since: 21 Mar 2012)

Any news of Here Maps apk?

posted on 09 Apr 2014, 09:32

3. tasior (Posts: 265; Member since: 04 Nov 2012)

Is there a way, to have Nokia X with both Here Maps, and Google services?

posted on 09 Apr 2014, 09:42

6. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1488; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


posted on 09 Apr 2014, 09:42

5. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1583; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)

Microsoft is now for all intents and proposes in charge of the further development of the 3 Nokia "X" phones. MS CEO Nadella should realize that people will root and void the warranties on the Nokia "X" phones and remove MS and nokia apps and services which
voids the propose for these phones existence which is to get Android Smart phone users to use Microsoft services. to prevent this MS CEO Nadella should have the API's that allow Google services and the google play store and ect to be installed on the Microsoft/Nokia new
"X" phones. this will enable Microsoft X phones users to get google services, Google play store apps and ect without the need to root the Microsoft "X" phones Microsoft/Nokia apps and services will remain on the Microsoft "X" phones. Of course the New Microsoft "X"
phone user will still void the warranty if they remove the Microsoft/Nokia UI and it's MS/Nokia'
apps and services. which in this case would not be needed because they still have access to Google play store Apps and services as well as Microsoft/ Nokia apps and services which is a plus not a negative

posted on 09 Apr 2014, 11:48 2

15. hemedans (Posts: 642; Member since: 01 Jun 2013)

if i buy nokia x will be because of here offline maps and nokia mix radio. i dont think someone will buy nokia x and remove those 2 great apps.

posted on 09 Apr 2014, 09:45 2

7. sergiobr (Posts: 713; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)

Okay ! Now give us a Nokia X with 41 MPx with Pureview technology and ... ftw !

posted on 09 Apr 2014, 10:55 1

11. WindowsiDroid (Posts: 138; Member since: 22 Jul 2013)

Let me continue Sir. Snapdragon Quad, Hexa, or even Octa, 64 bit with 4GB of RAM, Min of 32 GB plus Memory Card Storage, and Less Bulky I guess.

posted on 09 Apr 2014, 10:22 3

8. Anshulonweb (Posts: 438; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)

this is called beauty of android....

posted on 09 Apr 2014, 10:25 2

9. bakarock (Posts: 57; Member since: 29 Aug 2013)

IT IS POSSIBLE CUZ IT'S OPEN SOURCE.. That answers why Lumia 900 stucks with windows phone 7.8.. LOL

posted on 09 Apr 2014, 10:33 2

10. lyndon420 (Posts: 5002; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)

And why go through all this hassle just for hardware made by a company that will essentially seize to exist once the merger is complete? I say boycott this device or even ms completely :-)

posted on 09 Apr 2014, 12:10 2

16. nokia12 (Posts: 582; Member since: 19 Nov 2013)

if this becomes a success , then Nokia can make a comeback in 2016 with high end android phones ..

nokia is still independent

posted on 09 Apr 2014, 11:01

12. antonioli (Posts: 200; Member since: 08 Sep 2013)

The problem is that weak, so weak.

posted on 09 Apr 2014, 11:02

13. hemedans (Posts: 642; Member since: 01 Jun 2013)

phonearena lewa os is first custom rom for nokia x. it was shipped with nokia x in china and became available world wide through flashing.


posted on 09 Apr 2014, 17:40

19. marbovo (Posts: 658; Member since: 16 May 2013)

Now we just have to wait to a high end nokia x

posted on 09 Apr 2014, 18:17

20. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2286; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)

... Rotfl, now it's gonna LAGG like crazy, way to go dev,,

posted on 09 Apr 2014, 18:27

21. elitewolverine (Posts: 5192; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)

Never liked that 4.1 look of stock android. It looks like the device took a time portal back 4 years. Cool if you absolutely need google, but since most people wont when buying the phone it becomes a practice of hoping it is 'stable'. I have installed 'stable' builds and they were anything but, and apps frequently crashed on my s3 back in the day.

Kudos to them though, I would like to see a different GUI.

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