Nokia X, the first Nokia Android smartphone, is now official: no Google Play, "a gateway to Microsoft's cloud, not Google's"


It’s finally happened: the Nokia X, the first Nokia Android smartphone is here. It is not just one smartphone, though, the Nokia X kicks off a new family of devices for the Finnish company that will be more affordable than its primary Lumia Windows Phone series.

The most prominent feature of the Nokia X is the fact that it runs on a “forked” version of Android. Nokia took the open source parts of Android from the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) and built a new platform on top of it with signature Nokia and Microsoft experiences like a tile-based interface, Skype and tight OneDrive integration. Nokia’s chief executive Stephen Elop made sure to make it perfectly clear: the Nokia X is a gateway to Microsoft’s cloud, not Google’s.

Indeed, the Nokia X lacks the Google Play store with its over million apps, it lacks Google’s Maps, Gmail, Chrome, Drive and all the others. Instead, it comes with a curated Nokia Store that will be pretty much empty when the phone launches (but Nokia expects to curate hundreds of thousands of apps), and it will support third-party web store like the Yandex Store, popular in Russia. It also features Microsoft’s and Nokia’s suite of applications like Here Maps in lieu of the Google ones. In addition, Microsoft is throwing a Skype and OneDrive promo with Nokia X devices, giving away one month of free unlimited Skype service and 10GB of OneDrive cloud storage.

While you cannot directly install apps from the Google Play Store on the Nokia X, you can still sideload Android applications from APK files, so it should not be too hard to almost completely change the experience on the Nokia X to a stock Android one via one of the many launchers available out there.

In terms of specs, the Nokia X is a decidedly affordable smartphone that impresses with price, not with ground-breaking silicon. It comes with a 4-inch 480 x 800-pixel capacitive IPS LCD touchscreen, a 3-megapixel fixed-focus camera and a 1GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 chip. With 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage, it looks decently powerful for its price.

The device comes in one of six colors, and all of them are typically vibrant and cheerful in a typical Nokia fashion. The Nokia X features only 3G connectivity with download speeds of up to 7.2Mbps. It also has a 1500mAh battery with quoted talk time of over 10 hours.

Nokia today also unveiled the Nokia X+ which seems to differ only in the fact that it features slightly more RAM - 768MB. Both devices support dual SIM connectivity. The third member of the Nokia X family is the Nokia XL, an affordable phone with a 5" display.

The Nokia X will be released immediately, launching in Eastern Europe, Asia, South America, and in other growth markets, but it won’t be shipping to the United States, or Western European countries. The Nokia X price is set at the very affordable 89 euros, and the Nokia X+ will set you back 99 euros.





source: Nokia

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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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98 Comments

1. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

No Google services? That's sad. But still, it's a good start with Android for Nokia. Keep it up, Nokia!

7. tusshharish

Posts: 342; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Finally the wait is over............... This will be the best secondary phone or entry level phone for everyone.............. Love you nokia.....

9. Kyokado

Posts: 115; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Samsung just died

12. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Lol! What? Why?

25. Kyokado

Posts: 115; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Cos samsung is finnished.

30. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

..... Umm Ok.

32. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

Sammy will never b able to make android phone this cheap with this specs and operating speed.....the price is considerably very low:D

37. Kyokado

Posts: 115; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

They just screwed firefox os in the process.

52. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

I don't understand, what do you mean by "Samsung just died" and what "They just screwed firefox os in the process"? Did I missed this breaking news?

39. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Why can't they?...

49. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

They can but the lowest they have gone is galaxy star which is $90, 3in 512ram, low pixel, very laggy, 2mp camera.........and the most important they have tp pay for Google services but nokia don't use them so they can cut down so cost... I'm just curious to see moto' s next low end, I think they can pull out a cheaper device

59. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Well, ok.. Let's just wait and see how the market reacts...

67. Kyokado

Posts: 115; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

I sell samsung phones. When customers ask for affordable phones. I push them to nokia.

43. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

Plus, nokia store is also plenty full I think, u can even download yandex store which have atleast 200, 000 apps.....u can even download .apk files from internet and install desired apps, so it is a complete killer low end android device......oh and u know about mobogenie store, don't you?? I have atleat million apps, it's ad just pops on every web page u go on ur android device

93. sgodsell

Posts: 7365; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

There is no mention of being able to run WP apps on this older Android forked version 4.1.2.

85. DigitalJedi_X2

Posts: 346; Member since: Jan 30, 2012

You've got to be kidding right? Samsung has the scale, expertise and know-how to make devices at this price point. So no... Samsung is not dead. You Nokia fanboys kill me.

94. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

Yes they can, but like Apple, they won't. SS produces their own hardware components, there's no reason they can't make a cheap, high quality phone. If their market share takes a nose dive, expect them to do just that.

91. sgodsell

Posts: 7365; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Why would Samsung be dead. This is not a real Android with Google services and apps device. If anything these Nokia X devices still have a lot to prove. Right now what I see is WP sales are very poor. So Microsoft and Nokia are riding the coat tails of Google's Android. Considering before these Nokia Android devices even showed up. It was expected that Android would sell over 1 billion phones this year alone. So basically Microsoft is riding the coat tails of Google's Android to generate revenue.

46. Skoms

Posts: 118; Member since: Feb 03, 2014

nokia died with WP No google play, no buy !!! microsoft killed nokia

51. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Dead to you... To me very alive.. I would give you a hug if I could.....

89. SayMobile

Posts: 157; Member since: Jan 29, 2014

are u silly , this is not an android phone, its just a phone based on androids open source project platform, and android is much more than a platform, its an experience . This one lack the android user interface, look , google services, it doesnt even have the google play store .Instead of direct downloading, Sideloading the android apps throigh apk will in itself make it a difficult task to users of this segment. Bad Try Nokia, sorry to say ut this ones a fail

58. LoveHater

Posts: 234; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

What the hell u taking about,, Android without Play is incomplete,,,, without GMS its completely dead,,,,,, What the importance of giving Skype when this mobile doesn't have Font cam,,,,, Its complete crap

61. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Skype makes phone calls, and is a full featured messaging service, my friend.

70. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

But Skype is primarily for video chats. Skype is not at all known for its messaging service.

73. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Emerging markets......

80. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

So ? They should get the best video chatting app without a front camera ?! For messaging they could've offered, Whatsapp Viber BBM

65. Kyokado

Posts: 115; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Firefox os devices are aimed at emerging markets. These nokia just made android os devices available to emerging markets.

18. mss1988

Posts: 41; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

The best part of Nokia X is that they made Here maps for Android which will be posibly sideloaded to other Android phones ;)

31. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Yeah.. That's pretty cool!!

56. noteseries

Posts: 80; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

waiting for here map too... finally :)

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