Six months after the Nokia XL announcement, China Mobile and Nokia are launching the Nokia XL with 4G LTE connectivity in China. Sadly, the 4G LTE edition will not work elsewhere as it supports LTE Bands 38, 39 and 40 (TD-LTE or TD-SCDMA) only.
Microsoft might have formally closed the doors on its brief Android venture, but it isn't completely pulling the plug on its already existing Android smartphones. Nokia has just announced an incoming software update for the Nokia X, X+, and XL devices, bringing in a wealth of new features and apps, which might also be the last substantial update the smartphones will get.
It was really inevitable so it's no surprise that Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella wrote in an open letter that Nokia X phones will be discontinued. Sort of. His exact words were "select Nokia X product designs to become Lumia products running Windows", hinting that some of the existing line might see themselves running Windows Phone 8.1 soon.
Looks like the Nokia devices on the Android platform, the Nokia X, X+ and XL are trying to positing themselves not just as your normal smartphones. It has partnered with Gameloft to provide loyal users with several free apps these next two months to turn their gadgets into lean, mean gaming machines.
When news of the Microsoft take-over of Nokia’s mobile division first came out, people were both apprehensive and excited to see what would come out of this partnership. If the recently unveiled X2 is any indication, it’s an improvement over the previous models in Nokia’s X series but for an Android phone, it still has a long way to go before it can catch up with other brands.
Nokia is teasing something, and with an unmistakable green bent, we can only presume it is related to Android. But will it be the rumored Nokia X2 or does Nokia, under Microsoft's guidance, have something else in store for its new Android users? We have until June 24 to find out.
Being a rare creature, Nokia's Android devices are a magnet for rumors and speculation. Specs of such an upcoming device, currently nicknamed Nokia X2, surfaced in AnTuTu but while it bore rather low specs, the smartphone is being rumored to dual-boot both Android and Windows Phone in one.
Nokia, or rather Microsoft, might not yet be done with its foray into Android territory. There are now reports that the next Nokia X, or whatever name it will be called by, will come with an important new feature: a button whose existence is dedicated solely to taking you to the home screen.
Take and upload first, ask permission later. That seems to be the tactic that Nokia and Opera, who is running the app store behind the scenes, is adopting in trying to entice Android developers to make their apps available for Nokia's Android smartphones.
The largest of Nokia's first generation of Android smartphones has just been unleashed. The big but budget-friendly Nokia XL can now be purchased in markets across Asia-Pacific, India, Middle East, and Africa.