Nokia finally expanding into Android territory!

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Nokia X: The First Nokia Androids

After much heavy rumor, Nokia has just announced that it's launching its first Android handsets: the X, X+ and XL.

All the phones are built on the open source Android OS forked especially for Nokia. The X and X+ feature a 4-inch screen, while the XL packs a 5-inch IPS display. The X+ is differentiated from the X by extra memory and expandable storage, though it's not clear quite what that means in terms of specs.

In terms of specs, all three will have a 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, dual SIM, microSD support and 1500mAh battery. The X has: a 4-inch IPS LCD display (800 x 480), 512MB RAM, 3MP camera and will be available in green, black, white, yellow, cyan and red. The X+ is similar but offers 768MB RAM and a 4GB MicroSD card. Finally, the Nokia XL has a larger 5-inch display (800 x 480), 768MB RAM, 5MP rear-facing camera and front-facing 2MP camera.

During the Mobile World Congress presentation, Steve Elop explained that users will "benefit from the Android apps and ecosystem, but we have differentiated." Essentially that means that there will plenty of Microsoft and Nokia apps included from the get go. Skype, for instance, will be preinstalled, and offer users 1 month of free calls to landlines and mobiles, and Nokia's navigation apps will feature, too.

More importantly, the phones take people to Microsoft's cloud, not Google's. Indeed, it seems Nokia is distancing itself from Google as much as possible with these Android devices, and Elop went as far as saying that the "Nokia X together with Lumia represents a deliberate strategy to leverage Microsoft services." There will, though, be plenty—"hundreds of thousands at launch," apparently—of conventional Android apps available through a Nokia-specific app store. SwiftKey, the swypey keyboard, will be available on the X range for free.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the UI of the X range looks like a blend of Windows Phone and Android: there's a glance screen just like the company's Windows Phone models, and colorful tile-like home screen where apps sit in brightly colored bars. But there's the same familiar Android notification bar across the top, and some subtly tweaked folders and widgets that mirror Google's OS, too.

Interestingly, despite the Microsoft focus, you will be able to sideload apps—including those made by Google, in fact, any APK—though some may, apparently, need recompiling to run properly on Nokia's forked version of the OS.

Price, you ask? Well, Steve Elop was keen to point out that the X range is designed to be more affordable than the Lumia range, both now and in the the future. The phone will be "broadly available globally", starting in growth markets, and they'll cost $125 for the X, $135 for the X+, and $150 for the XL.

They're certainly cheap, then, but it's hard to say whether that represents good value or not. Let's wait and see when we get our hands on one.

Source: http://gizmodo.com/nokia-x-the-first-nokia-android-1529525060

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If only they did this a few years ago, they would've still been relevant... Oh well, better late than never.

It's too early to tell whether if this move will help Nokia get back to it's crown, but it will certainly increase it's sales in 3rd-world countries (especially India and Pakistan).

^ 1 - that release is old news.. even the manufactured prototype

2 - india is NOT a 3rd world country.. its 2.25 world country now.

3 - Its asha remixed with windows live tiles with capability to run android apps.. ie .. khichri..

^ No sh!t sherlock. Tell me something i don't know.

1. The prototype may have been old news, but the actual announcement of the Nokia android series is NOT old news. It was announced like 3 days ago. (check source)

2. A polished turd is still a turd.

3. It's a forked version of Jellybean with Nokia's own core apps replacing the Google apps. It is capable of running most playstore apps (and the incompatible ones can be run by recompiling).

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I for one applaud Nokia for this move. I can totally see this becoming a successful move for Nokia.

wish they had taken this decision a bit earlier

Meh... Too little, too late. <_<

The specs are not *THAT* attention grabbing for the re-entry of a lost brand in the market.

Nokia's still showing Ego :S

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The specs are not *THAT* attention grabbing for the re-entry of a lost brand in the market.

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"Steve Elop was keen to point out that the X range is designed to be more affordable than the Lumia range, both now and in the the future. The phone will be "broadly available globally", starting in growth markets, and they'll cost $125 for the X, $135 for the X+, and $150 for the XL."

This series is aimed at low to mid-end market. What kind of specs were you expecting with those prices?

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Nokia's still showing Ego :S

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Not really. You gotta keep in mind that Nokia has been bought by Microsoft, so they might be under restrictions on what they are allowed to develop and what not.

Also, Apple has done this on their phones too. Remember when iPhones used to have some google apps in them (google maps to highlight here), and then later they wiped them out. It all has to do with getting rid of your competitors applications from your phones. It makes sense for Nokia to do the same.

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^ No sh!t sherlock. Tell me something i don't know.

1. The prototype may have been old news, but the actual announcement of the Nokia android series is NOT old news. It was announced like 3 days ago. (check source)

2. A polished turd is still a turd.

3. It's a forked version of Jellybean with Nokia's own core apps replacing the Google apps. It is capable of running most playstore apps (and the incompatible ones can be run by recompiling).

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I for one applaud Nokia for this move. I can totally see this becoming a successful move for Nokia.

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then why tell us something we already know ;)

1 - announced and leaked over a month ago.. the same leaked prototype from elop`s hand was shown on THAT 3 days ago..

2 - atleast it is polished shiny and will score much more points than dull rough nutty consistency and will be more succesful...haters be hatin` instead of improvin` dem selves niggaz..

3 - and that is exactly what i wrote which you re-wrote in different words.

we all aplaud nokia for everything nokia does no matter what, even after being bought by microsoft and having elop as incharge.. just that its a little too late.. lowest end androids can be had unlocked brand new boxed and warranty for half that price.. for their competition price range, almost much better specs can be had from the market and other brands..

It is probably nokia`s experiment with androids so they can mush its good features into windows.. like the their new digi assist is going to combine all the best of Siri and android into their own so they already have the best of both, (unless they get sued by apple for using anything that exists or doesnot exist in the world..)

Nokia could/should have taken this step as early as in 2010 :) but still I'm looking downfall of Samsung (Not Android's yet)

yep..samsung is going down the same road htc did in 2012

At least the X family will kick out Cheap China re-branded Androids from Pakistan.

I was addict was of nokia phones since long time
but now m using HTC best then nokia

i think Nokia has waisted its time onsymbian.if nokia should have announced their Android OS phones, there would be no value of qmobile,Voice or Samsung,HTC or Sony Ericsson.they should now apply more hardware on their phones.

i think Nokia has waisted its time onsymbian.if nokia should have announced their Android OS phones, there would be no value of qmobile,Voice or Samsung,HTC or Sony Ericsson.they should now apply more hardware on their phones.