More images surface of the Nokia X and its tile UI

More images surface of the Nokia X and its tile UI
We should be less than one week away from the announcement of Nokia's first Android device, the Nokia X (aka Normandy). We've seen press images and other images coming out of the device, and now we're getting to see a bit more of the hardware itself as well as the custom UI that Nokia has created for Android that makes it look similar to Windows Phone.

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. 

source: CoolXAP via G4Games

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1. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

So it's a android tiles meet windows

4. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

You can download a windows tile launcher right now, just to see if you would like it...

5. papss unregistered

I didn't personally like the launcher when I tried them but that's just a matter of personal taste

30. sgodsell

Posts: 7589; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

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.

35. Pancholo

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Plot twist: This is really Windows's attempt at letting Nokia customize their UI - it will still be a WP 8.1!

8. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

Why can't these guys stop a leak now? Everything is known about this and new HTC one.

19. aksa123

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Nah, it's more like android + asha. Android without playstore is a joke, coz android is all about apps !

2. sumwhatrediculous

Posts: 19; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

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

7. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Would be neat..

3. mokhtar

Posts: 405; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

is this a joke !

15. sipha

Posts: 440; Member since: May 12, 2012

it has to be man, it just has to!!

6. papss unregistered

I don't hate the way the hardware looks but the one back arrow seems strange to me.

9. Väliaikainen unregistered

Seems weird to me. If they are making Android, then why do they make it look like Windows?

17. Jason78

Posts: 281; Member since: Apr 10, 2013

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.

27. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

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.

29. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

WP is not lighter than Android 4.4. It's actually the opposite

33. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013


31. Jason78

Posts: 281; Member since: Apr 10, 2013

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.

10. MojoDojo

Posts: 102; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Why are Nokia going to make a full event for this phone?

11. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

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.

12. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

That would be like going from a Lamorghini to a Ford Fiesta.

13. kamrananimation

Posts: 6; Member since: Feb 20, 2014

This ui will going to be a non popular experience :D

14. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

I'm not sure how people will like the UI, but "Nokia", "Affordable" and "Android" will quarantee very wealthy sales numbers.

24. Jason78

Posts: 281; Member since: Apr 10, 2013

The only people that will know this phone runs a forked version of android are people that hang out on phone sites like Phone Arena. To the general public this will just be a Nokia phone.

16. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Watermark madness.

28. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

and censored fingers

18. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2363; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

.... Ummm No....

20. Genersis

Posts: 219; Member since: May 29, 2013

I'm not sure the tile concept really works too well without them being live, so to speak.

34. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Yeah, otherwise they are just big chunks that waist space on the screen... WP is the only right way for this..

21. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

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.

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