Android Central on Nokia X

Mobile World Congress

Nokia says 75 percent of all Android apps should be able to run just fine on the new Nokia X line. So we put that to the test here at Mobile World Congress by (what else?) installing the Android Central App.

Android on Nokia. Gotta love it.

So how'd it go?

As you'd expect, sideloading an app on the Nokia X is exactly like on any other Android phone. You'll need to tick the "Unknown sources" box, then install, and, well, that's it.

The Wifi at Nokia's booth was pretty spotty, but our app fired up just fine, content loaded, and we were in familiar territory once again.

So, yes. Nokia's Android phone runs Android apps just fine, thank you very much.

There are 23 comments

jimbo says:

Exactly! Android AOSP is in fact Android AOSP!

Glad you 'quickly' provided proof and hopefully some clarity to your somewhat befuddled, dazed and confused readers.



spikypotato says:

+1 Yeah, confused. ESPECIALLY after reading one of WPCentral's article about the Nokia X. I mean.. this one

Ry says:


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LeroyRJR says:

Waiting to see a long term 'hands on' review,, when you get a chance to do some serious app installs, not just a few minutes at there booth

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razorsbk says:

We need a dump of Nokia Here Maps, the apk file :)

geemaan says:


bigtnew says:

Yes please!

Posted via my hTc one with a cracked screen!

arjen82 says:

But is it trial and error to find which apps will run and which won't? Guessing apps using Google Play Services won't work, but as far as I can tell there is no way to know this before you sideload.

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No, it's pretty much a game of trial and error, much like how Blackberry 10 users sideload apps not knowing if they require Google's APIs or not. You really won't find out if an app is compatible or not, until you actually try to run it.

Morten Lund says:

Google+ login not working I assume..

jimbo says:

Why not?
One can log into Google+ on a Win and Mac PC and Android, iPhone and Windows phone.

Alex Andre says:

No need to do that.
Go here:
And use the .apk analyser

jimbo says:

Alex Andre
Went to your link. Couldn't locate ". apk analyzer"

It is pretty easy to see but here is the analyzer link....

Phil your hand looks so uncomfortable holding that phone, makes my paw feel like its cramping up! lol

Calma10 says:

I would buy a Nokia phone running Vanilla AOSP, not a WP tile OS .
I hope someone can hack it to allow flashing of custom roms.

Argh says:

Just change the launcher app?

jwyche007 says:


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SpookDroid says:

They really did go all out on the Green Hue thing, huh? Even your hand looks green!

hoosiercub says:

Don't gotta love it at all actually, neat trick. The spec sheet of the phone looks like a throwaway though. I feel like Nokia did this just so they could say they tried to enter the Android market, at least before they're completely assimilated by MS.

" manufacturers who go the Android route are doing no better than Finnish boys who "pee in their pants" for warmth in the winter." Nokia's Anssi Vanjoki... Oh how time changes!

Ezye1313 says:

OK it runs on it but what does the app icon look like on one of the home screens?