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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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