Posts tagged with: X
  • by | March 28, 2014 4:48 PM

    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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  • by | March 11, 2014 7:10 AM

    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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  • by | March 4, 2014 10:44 AM

    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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  • by | February 28, 2014 8:02 PM

    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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  • by | February 28, 2014 3:34 PM

    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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  • by | February 27, 2014 7:37 PM

    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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  • by | February 26, 2014 12:46 PM

    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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  • by | February 25, 2014 7:20 AM

    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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  • by | February 24, 2014 6:46 AM

    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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  • by | February 21, 2014 7:59 PM

    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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  • by | February 18, 2014 11:31 AM

    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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  • by | February 17, 2014 11:44 AM

    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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  • by | February 13, 2014 5:57 PM

    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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  • by | February 13, 2014 1:20 PM

    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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  • by | February 3, 2014 8:08 AM

    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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