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

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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  • Display 4.0" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 3 MP
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4, Dual-core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 4 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1500 mAh(10.5h 3G talk time)

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19 Comments

1. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Suddenly, it became useful.

2. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Because android is useful.

4. sgodsell

Posts: 6835; Member since: Mar 16, 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.

17. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

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

18. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Love how you didnt know that KitKat lowered requirements.

14. rihel_95

Posts: 305; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

Any news of Here Maps apk?

3. tasior

Posts: 265; Member since: Nov 04, 2012

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

6. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

5. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 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

15. hemedans

Posts: 746; Member since: Jun 01, 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.

7. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

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

11. WindowsiDroid

Posts: 138; Member since: Jul 22, 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.

8. Anshulonweb

Posts: 468; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

this is called beauty of android....

9. bakarock

Posts: 57; Member since: Aug 29, 2013

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

12. antonioli

Posts: 200; Member since: Sep 08, 2013

The problem is that weak, so weak.

13. hemedans

Posts: 746; Member since: Jun 01, 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. http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2697520

19. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

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

20. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2348; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

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

21. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 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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