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    Update: Edited podcast with download links has been added below the YouTube embed, courtesy of our excellent podcast editor, Jules Wang! Get to downloadin', folks! The big guys have enough time in the limelight. It seems every week we're spending 80% of the podcast talking about the huge players in the mobile space, along with their commensurately huge smartphone and tablet offerings. While we're not ignoring those established forces in this episode, we are devoting a bit more time to newcomers: from Amazon to OnePlus to a little firm called GoTenna, there's a lot going on in mobile's ...

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    Last week Satya Nadella addressed Microsoft's employees, talking about his vision for where the company's focus needs to lie going forward. This week, that push for change starts hitting closer to home for many, as Microsoft announces layoffs affecting some 18,000 workers. Stephen Elop addresses that difficult decision in a message distributed to the Microsoft Devices Group this morning, but more than just talking about the effect on staff, he also discusses shifting priorities for the business. That won't be without its casualties either, and the first one on the chopping block looks to ...

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    Even though Nokia's Devices and Services team is now at Microsoft, the company may not be abandoning their Android efforts. Nokia's X low-end Android device may soon be due for a refresh, as benchmarks are now revealing a possible followup. The unit's alleged specs remind us very much of Motorola's Moto E, a device that didn't perform exceptionally well, but still is worth the price tag according to our own Michael Fisher. The specs on the handset supposedly consist of a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of on-board storage. These specs do place this followup ahead ...

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    The new Nokia X series of Androids may run Google's platform at their core, but Nokia's taken a few liberties with its forked version of Android that means the user experience is quite a bit removed from what most Android fans will be used to. Specifically, it's Android sans Google, and you won't find Google Play Services nor any of the core Google apps as these phones arrive from the manufacturer (though you can certainly install that all yourself after the fact). With no Google Play Store, Nokia's had to come up with its own app store offering, and the company's been doing its best to ...

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    A few days ago, we took a very special smartphone out of its packaging: the Nokia X. It's special not because of its midrange build quality or spec sheet, nor even its fluorescent green paint job. It's special because it's an Android-powered phone built by Nokia – until recently, a mere fantasy among the hardest-core of mobile geeks. Of course it's not all rainbows and sunshine, as we've covered before. But none of that matters, really, because when you're getting a gadget as special as this for free, there really isn't much to complain about. "For free, you say?" you ask, jaw dangling ...

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    Yesterday will be a day long remembered: it saw the end of Nokia as we know it. After a long regulatory approval process, the company's devices and services division has finally been scooped up by the company whose software has powered its offerings for the past few years: Microsoft. But the looming acquisition by Windows Phone's corporate overlord didn't stop Nokia from experimenting with new ideas in the months leading up to that merger. At this year's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the company finally laid bare its new offerings for developing markets: a trio of midrange ...

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    The new Nokia X family of devices is notable for many reasons, and one of the big ones is this customized fork of Android that powers the handsets. That's let Nokia really dictate the user experience Nokia X owners will enjoy, giving us something unlike what the majority of Android users are familiar with. But going out on its own like this has brought consequences to Nokia, and its desire to avoid Google's control has led to an absence of core Google apps, including the all-important Play Store. Nokia has its own Nokia Store, sure, but is that good enough? It would sure like to convince ...

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    As you might recall, Nokia showed off its first "Android" phones at MWC this year. Why the "air quotes", you ask? Because the Nokia X family aren't real Androids, at least not in the traditional sense. If you disagree with that statement, you're not alone. Over 150 comments were left on that article either telling us we're spot on, or that we're totally wrong. The TL/dr summation: the Nokia X family all run Android, but since they've got their own Windows Phone-esque launcher, none run Google's apps, and they come with their own Nokia app store (rather than Google's Play Store), calling ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the recent news about Nokia not wanting the Windows Modern UI to reach the Nokia X. Microsoft follows the news as we talk about the first screenshots of Cortana for Windows Phone 8.1. We then talk about the leaked photos of the iPhone 6 display without bezels, even though we doubt it to be real. Apple follows the news as the company has begun hiring HTC employees to boost its iPhone model release times. We end today's show talking about the leaked HTC M8 on video, and all the drama behind it. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Nokia ...

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    Last night, we shared with you the work that was being done to get the Nokia app store from the new Nokia X running on regular old Google-centric Androids handsets. We knew it wasn't any technological milestone or anything nearly so important, but it was still a neat thing to see, especially due to all the effort Nokia's made to distance its X family from Google. Tonight we turn that on its head, as we see a Nokia X handset configured to run Google apps, including the new Google Now Launcher. And again, it's not that anyone doubted such a thing would be possible, or even extraordinarily ...

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    Anton D. Nagy chasing a taxi on foot. Jaime Rivera almost burning down a building with a power strip. A Honduran drinking palinca and a Romanian doing a Mexican accent. The tales from our leather-clad Barcelona duo are intense - but their intensity is matched by the hot mobile news that burst forth from this week's Mobile World Congress, the most epic in recent memory. To wit, that news includes an MWC 2014 Samsung Unpacked event that gave the world the latest Galaxy; a Sony unveiling of similar proportions that built on the Xperia legacy; a press conference that saw the world's first ...

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    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 ...

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    Not only has Nokia gone ahead and announced its rumored Nokia X Android handset, but it exceeded even our expectations, revealing the X alongside the X+ and XL. All three handsets are going to be seriously affordable... that is, assuming you can get your hands on any. Back on Monday, Nokia stated that “the Nokia X will be available to buy immediately in Asia Pacific, Europe, India, Latin America, the Middle-East and Africa.” OK, but does that mean that it's coming to other areas later on? And are there going to be more restrictions to its distribution within those regions? Nokia's been ...

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    Jaime and Tony are in Barcelona at this year's MWC and, as you might expect, they're seeing some very interesting things. Three of the most interesting devices that I've seen come from Nokia -- and they're all running Android. Sort of. As their names imply, the Nokia X, X+, XL are all Nokia phones. They're made by Nokia. They're sold by Nokia. They even have the word "Nokia" stamped across the back. No one will argue with you that they're really and truly "Nokia" phones. What makes them interesting is the operating system they're running: Android -- but not really. Confused yet? Good! If ...

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    As part of its bid to "connect the next billion with affordable smartphones," Nokia today announced the long-rumored Nokia X: the device formerly known as the Normandy and Nokia's first-ever Android-powered smartphone. In terms of specs, the headlining Nokia Android phone is everything we expected: a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4, 3MP camera, and 4" IPS WVGA display place the device firmly in the "developing markets" segment, while its particular flavor of Android is predictably Microsoft-leaning in its loyalties: the tile-centric interface bears more than a passing resemblance to Windows Phone, ...

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    Man... we were this close to seeing Nokia wrap-up all the loose ends surrounding its embrace of Android, with the phone we expect to launch as the Nokia X. Come Monday, that handset should take its place on stage for the world to see, but a new rumor suggest that it could be just the tip of the iceberg, and Nokia may have a pair of additional Android-based smartphones still in development. What makes this rumor so juicy is that unlike the meager hardware expected to make up the Nokia X, these two other phones would deliver higher and higher specs, and one could even flirt with ...

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    T-minus six days to go until Nokia's Mobile World Congress event, kicking-off a day that's going to be full of announcements. We've been anticipating a couple different devices from Nokia, but easily the most interesting (not to mention controversial) has been the Nokia X, the Android-based Asha successor that was developed as codename Normandy. Once the thing of crazy fever dreams, Nokia X has been looking all too real in recent weeks. When Nokia changed its color scheme on a number of its social pages to green, we wondered if it might be making allusions to Android, a theory that grew ...

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    Last week, we saw Nokia make some changes to its online social presence, redecorating many of its pages in green. While the changes have since been reverted, speculation at the time suggested that the use of green might reference Android, the platform expected to form the core for the upcoming Nokia X, the phone we've followed as codename Normandy. As we settle in to the last week before Nokia's MWC event, where we might hope to start getting answers, a new Nokia X teaser has leaked, and once again the color green is a major focus. A few things strike our eye about the above image. First ...

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    Just about an hour ago, Nokia changed its logo and the background on its Facebook page from the company's iconic blue to a shade of green. Jumping over to Twitter, and even Google+, we see the same change taking place. What could be the meaning behind this move? If it was about some sort of general environmental consciousness, wouldn't this be happening in April, closer to Earth Day? Instead, might it have something to do with the company's MWC announcement, scheduled for Monday, February 24? A couple theories are being tossed around: one of the most obvious looks to a connection between ...

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    What we've been able to put together so far about Nokia's plans for the X/Normandy have painted the picture of a lower-end Android-based handset. The hardware's presence in a number of regulatory databases for developing nations fit with that low-end assessment, and suggested that Normandy could be a vehicle to get Nokia phones into the hands of very budget-conscious shoppers. With models like last year's Lumia 520, we know that Nokia can build some crazy affordable hardware, but we haven't had a solid grasp on precisely what Normandy might sell for. As we wait to see if Nokia really ...

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    The Nokia X will be part of the Asha line-up. This is basically what an unnamed Senior Nokia India Executive unveiled, under the condition that his identity should be not unveiled. Additionally, said executive also unveiled that the phone will be available in India in March, in which context an MWC announcement could be highly likely. The specs that got leaked include a dual-core Snapdragon processor clocked at 1GHz, 512MB of RAM, four-inch screen with WVGA resolution, 4GB of internal storage (expandable via microSD), five-megapixel shooter sans flash (from all the renders and leaks), ...

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    The Nokia Normandy that recently changed its name to Nokia X has had its specs tentatively leaked while some benchmark results try to both confirm and size them up. According to some, the phone will never see the light of day as an Android (forked though) powered Nokia, while others believe February 25 or March 25 should be the date of the unveiling. Whatever the case, we're seeing some more images of the phone in real life. Please keep in mind that these are most probably images of a prototype and that the color is either a red one (with a camera that has poor white balance), or one ...

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    Tuesday, 25th, as it appears on the home screen of the leaked Nokia Normandy, is the date on which the phone will hopefully be unveiled. Whether that's February or March is yet unknown, as both months seem to have matching dates and days. We've just recently learned that the phone, codenamed Normandy, will likely be unveiled as the Nokia X, and now we're seeing it alleged specs being leaked. In order to run its rumored "forked" Android version the Nokia X will rely on its dual-core Snapdragon processor clocked at 1GHz, and a suspiciously low amount of RAM: 512MB. The screen is nothing to ...

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    Nokia has started sending out official press invites for a Barcelona event, and the speculation can now officially begin. Some believe that the Nokia Lumia 1520 Mini (aka 1520V) will be there, alongside the Nokia X, and maybe some others. But what exactly is the Nokia X? According to @evleaks, it's none other than the Normandy. This certain Normandy is expected to be the first official Android-powered Nokia device, running a "forked" version of Google's operating system. It's latest alleged screenshots showed off part of the interface, and a date of 25th is featured on the Calendar, which ...

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    There's no denying that Motorola and Google have nailed a unique product with the Moto X. It's not only one of the few devices in the market to have internals that are capable of being permanently listening to your commands via voice, but it's also the only smartphone in the world that will allow you to chose the color and trim that you want, if you're on AT&T that is. Still, we've all been curious to see just how well the market has accepted this new concept and idea of how a smartphone should be sold, since innovation is never a clear sign of user adoption. As it turns out, it seems ...

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