More images surface of the Nokia X and its tile UI
posted by Michael H. / Feb 20, 2014, 1:17 PM
As you can see in the pics, the Nokia X will be loaded up with Nokia's HERE maps, and it does have an app store of some sort. We still don't know exactly how that will work, or how many apps will be in it though. Interestingly, it looks like users will be able to resize the tiles in a similar fashion to Windows Phone, because one image shows the Email app with that familiar arrow. There does also appear to be a way to create folders for apps even in the tile interface.
The hardware itself doesn't really look all that interesting, especially in the matte black. It does look like it may be a bit thick, but it's hard to tell in the pictures. One odd thing is that it looks as though there is no flash on the device, because the only thing on the rear of the handset is the camera. We know that Nokia is trying to cut costs, but not including a flash seems like a bad choice.
Stay tuned next week for our MWC coverage, because we are likely to get more info on Normandy then.
So it's a android tiles meet windows
posted on Feb 20, 2014, 1:20 PM 1
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You can download a windows tile launcher right now, just to see if you would like it...
posted on Feb 20, 2014, 1:35 PM 6
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There is quite a few to try out now. Not to mention if you want to try out iOS there is a number of them. There are so many launchers now, even webos, windows 8/7, palm, and so many more themes and launchers to try out.
posted on Feb 21, 2014, 5:18 AM 1
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so why not stop being stupid and join google and make android the basis for windows phone you could still connect to a windows pc with minimal problems and Microsoft could make a useable outlook and office for androids that will use the same doc files so you don't have to reformat when ya work from your phone a la galaxy note
posted on Feb 20, 2014, 1:29 PM 4
Seems weird to me. If they are making Android, then why do they make it look like Windows?
posted on Feb 20, 2014, 1:49 PM 6
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Don't expect see see "Android" in any Microsoft or Nokia press release. They don't want the consumer to know that it is running android under a Windows UI skin. Just like Amazon doesn't say that their Kindle tablet is running a forked version of android. This is the replacement for the Asha line of feature phones. The idea is to introduce the Windows user experience and Microsoft services. So it will have Outlook mail, Bing Search, Skydrive online storager, Xbox Music, Here Maps, etc.
posted on Feb 20, 2014, 4:48 PM 3
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All the more reason why I'm not getting the genius behind the idea. WP are a lot "lighter" at sys/hw reqs if we're to talk about the Asha line, forking an Android build just to bundle in the MS UX + apps into it on top of a Snapdragon 200 driven device sounds like a short term money grab at best (at that when you really think about it, it's something MS or Nokia themselves can/should have done already in the 1st place like probably last year)? FYI most consumers = feature/smartphone users won't be noobs forever unless this is gonna be their 1st device. Long term past the 2 year mark and on to a 2nd upgrade they're gonna know better anyways.
posted on Feb 21, 2014, 1:14 AM 1
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The average phone buyer doesn't hang out on Phone Arena and read about phones. They just go into the store and pick one out. Most people that I know don't know what software is running on their phone. They simply know they have an Apple, Samsung, Motorola, etc. They could care less about the OS as long as it works. This is also why manufacturers get away with not updating their phones to the latest version of android. Most people don't know or care.
posted on Feb 21, 2014, 6:43 AM 2
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I hope they sell an insane amount of these so MS(Nokia?) will be encouraged to release a high end model. At the moment, I can't see this replacing my G2 any time in the future.
posted on Feb 20, 2014, 1:57 PM 1
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This ui will going to be a non popular experience :D
posted on Feb 20, 2014, 2:16 PM 1
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I'm not sure how people will like the UI, but "Nokia", "Affordable" and "Android" will quarantee very wealthy sales numbers.
posted on Feb 20, 2014, 2:30 PM 3
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I'm not sure the tile concept really works too well without them being live, so to speak.
posted on Feb 20, 2014, 7:03 PM 1
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Folks seem surprised that a phone designed to be affordable (Asha) lacks features, e.g. flash, bigger screen, thin body, etc. This is not a phone to take anything near flagship status, let alone mid-level.
posted on Feb 20, 2014, 8:04 PM 1
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