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

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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.

Nokia X, the first Nokia Android smartphone, is now official: no Google Play, "a gateway to Microsoft's cloud, not Google's"
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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posted on 24 Feb 2014, 02:52 4

1. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


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

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 02:57 5

7. tusshharish (Posts: 342; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


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

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 03:00 8

9. Kyokado (Posts: 115; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


Samsung just died

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 03:01 3

12. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Lol! What? Why?

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 03:08 3

25. Kyokado (Posts: 115; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


Cos samsung is finnished.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 03:10 1

30. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


..... Umm Ok.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 03:13 4

32. lalalaman (Posts: 637; Member since: 19 Aug 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

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 03:15 1

37. Kyokado (Posts: 115; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


They just screwed firefox os in the process.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 03:23

52. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 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?

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 03:16

39. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Why can't they?...

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 03:22 1

49. lalalaman (Posts: 637; Member since: 19 Aug 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

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 03:31 2

59. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


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

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 03:37 2

67. Kyokado (Posts: 115; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


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

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 03:18 2

43. lalalaman (Posts: 637; Member since: 19 Aug 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

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 09:08

93. sgodsell (Posts: 4757; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


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

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 06:16 5

85. DigitalJedi_X2 (banned) (Posts: 346; Member since: 30 Jan 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.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 10:08

94. PBXtech (Posts: 1032; Member since: 21 Oct 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.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 09:02

91. sgodsell (Posts: 4757; Member since: 16 Mar 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.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 03:20 10

46. Skoms (Posts: 118; Member since: 03 Feb 2014)


nokia died with WP

No google play, no buy !!!

microsoft killed nokia

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 03:23 2

51. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


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

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 08:10 2

89. SayMobile (Posts: 106; Member since: 29 Jan 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

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 03:29 2

58. LoveHater (Posts: 180; Member since: 09 Oct 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

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 03:33 1

61. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


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

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 03:43 2

70. tech2 (Posts: 3487; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


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

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 03:46

73. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Emerging markets......

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 04:02

80. tech2 (Posts: 3487; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


So ? They should get the best video chatting app without a front camera ?!

For messaging they could've offered,

Whatsapp

Viber

BBM

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 03:34 1

65. Kyokado (Posts: 115; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


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

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 03:05 5

18. mss1988 (Posts: 36; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


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

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 03:11 1

31. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Yeah.. That's pretty cool!!

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 03:27

56. noteseries (Posts: 80; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)


waiting for here map too... finally :)

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