When it comes to the Nokia X (and X+, and XL), Nokia is playing by its own set of rules. That means an Android experience that’s a bit different from what you’re used to, a change motivated in no small part by the absence of Google apps. With no Play Store to turn to, Nokia’s put together its own Android app store, to which Nokia X users will turn for their software fix. Curious to see what they’ll be working with? Look no further than a helpful project from the resourceful guys over at XDA-Developers, making the Nokia app store available for installation on regular old Androids.
This is very much a work in progress, and while it’s already shown some improvement (no longer requiring root to install), it’s still in pretty rough shape – we just gave it a spin and while the app loads successfully, it doesn’t seem able to connect to Nokia’s servers. Other users have seen more success, and it isn’t clear yet if the problems are a result of specific phone configurations, or if Nokia has just started blocking connections.
If you’re feeling game, follow up the source link and give it a shot, but you might be better off waiting just a little longer until some of these kinks get worked out – assuming that’s possible. Considering that some pretty major markets won’t be getting the Nokia X, this might be your best shot for a while at checking out what things look like over on the Nokia side of the fence. Well, short of picking up a Windows Phone handset, anyway.