The new Nokia X, X+, and XL smartphones that Nokia unveiled here at Mobile World Congress 2014 technically do run on Android, just as the leaks and rumors promised -- and that means, you'll be able to load up Android apps with ease. However, this X and family don't turn in the full 'Droid experience that you think. In fact, the software doesn't look a thing like Android at all.
Nokia X doesn't just refer to the name of the phones; it's also the name by which Nokia calls its new Android-based OS.
Nokia X Software Platform uses Android's open source code as its base, which makes it possible to run the Android apps that a lot of phone-fiends crave. (However, there is a catch, which I'll address in a moment.)
On top of this Android 4.1 backbone, Nokia has painted an interface that pulls from both Asha and the Windows Phone OS. The home screen riffs off Windows Phone's live tiles with flat squares that you can reorder and resize. Not all tiles are dynamic, and the visual effect isn't as clean.
The second screen is essentially the Asha Fastlane, which gives you a stream of apps and activities, like status updates and notifications.
Nokia fleshes out the somewhat jumbled experience with a mixture of Microsoft services and its own apps. Nokia's Here maps takes care of directions, and its Mix Radio handles Pandora-like tunes. But as with Lumia phones, Microsoft's OneDrive, Outlook, and Skype join the party. To sweeten the deal, Microsoft is giving Nokia X customers one free month of Skype Out calls to land lines, for over 60 markets.
I can hear you asking: With Android so buried under a joint Nokia and Microsoft veneer, why bother using Android at all? The main benefit to bringing in Google's OS in any capacity lays in the apps. Nokia claims that Android apps will work seamlessly from the get-go, with no emulators (like BlackBerry once tried) or other hoops.
That's nice and all, but because of the custom interface and platform, there's a bit of a hitch: no Google Play store for apps, videos, or other content. That may not be a problem for those who live in countries that prohibit Google Play services, or for those who don't mind going through Nokia's vetted, curated app store that the company will populate with top titles.
Nokia also says that it'll preload the Nokia X phone with popular local app stores, like Yandex in Russia and 1Mobile in China. Sideloaders can also get apps however they want; whatever you can do with Android 4.1 you should be able to do here. In other words, Nokia says it isn't restricting your movements.
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