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.
In an “ask me anything” session today, former Nokia chief and current Microsoft head of devices and services Stephen Elop answered questions on a variety of topics. One of those was Nokia’s decision to make devices for the Windows Phone platform instead of Android. When prompted if he thought it was the right decision, his answer was as reasonable as it was surprising.
It seems like the day of reckoning will soon be upon us, or rather upon Nokia. According to a leaked letter from Nokia to its customers, the Finnish company is expecting that the sale of its Devices & Services business will finally push through before the month is over, giving Microsoft free reign over the former mobile giant.
Truly it was only a matter of time. Nokia's first, and probably only, foray into Android has just gotten its very first AOSP custom ROM, making the Nokia X possibly one of the most affordable Android devices you can play around with.
There is marketing and then there is spinning the truth. While Nokia might want us to believe that there are 1 million people in China eagerly waiting for the Nokia X, the truth, as well as the numbers, might actually be a lot less than that.
There has been plenty of talk in regards to the Nokia X and the Play Store since the handset was announced during Mobile World Congress. Or maybe more accurately, the talk was in regards to the lack of the Play Store. While that may be an issue for some, it seems that may not be as big of a deal for others.
Thanks to an arduous XDA member, users on other smartphone brands can get a taste of the new Nokia X experience. Some of the apps and even the homescreen launcher have been ported and adjusted to be compatible with almost any other Android smartphone.
What’s the saying? Oh yeah: You can lead a Developer to a smartphone, but you can’t make them use the weird OS you put on it. That goes for any device, and the newest “Android” handset, the Nokia X, has already been rooted and flashed with a custom ROM.
Those rooting for Nokia's new Android romance might be happy to know that they can now install the Nokia Store app on their devices. While it doesn't really let you install Nokia-specific apps, it could signal the start of Nokia's apps getting ported to other devices, whether they like it or not.
MWC has wrapped up, and Android Community is leaving Barcelona. Over the time spent in Spain, quite a bit was seen. In wrapping up our coverage of the event, we wanted to reflect on the highlights — and lowlights — of the event.