It was a matter of time: the first custom Android ROM for the Nokia X is here!
posted by Peter K. / Apr 09, 2014, 9:11 AM
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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Suddenly, it became useful.
posted on Apr 09, 2014, 9:14 AM 18
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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 Apr 09, 2014, 9:41 AM 2
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Is there a way, to have Nokia X with both Here Maps, and Google services?
posted on Apr 09, 2014, 9:32 AM 0
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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 Apr 09, 2014, 9:42 AM 0
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Okay ! Now give us a Nokia X with 41 MPx with Pureview technology and ... ftw !
posted on Apr 09, 2014, 9:45 AM 2
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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. http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?
posted on Apr 09, 2014, 11:02 AM 0
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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.
posted on Apr 09, 2014, 6:27 PM 0
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