Even though the Nokia X keeps some of the design language from Windows Phone, its similarities are actually not that many. As a matter of fact, once you hop into the settings, you can clearly see that this is stock Android with different buttons and a different font, but Android in every other way. Nokia executives are famous for constantly repeating “beautiful live tiles” every time the company announces a new Lumia, but it seems the company doesn’t want the Windows Phone modern UI to reach the Nokia X.
Nokia’s own style guide for developers reads:
- Do not mimic different platforms. People are not used to the interaction paradigms of the other platform; for example, they might consider the Windows Phone panoramic view as uneffective since it does not work satisfyingly in landscape orientation.
- Read more about Android style.
The question that many of us ask ourselves is why is Nokia trying to pull developers away from the Windows Phone UI, if the Nokia X is a plan to bring more customers and developers to Windows Phone? Whatever the reason may be, we now understand why lots of Microsoft executives are not happy with the Nokia X, but hey, that’s common in big companies like Microsoft.