Nokia's first and possibly last attempt at Android
The Nokia X was first announced at the annual Mobile World Congress in February 2014. Unlike Nokia's Lumia or Asha devices, the Nokia X runs on a customized version of Android. There's no Google services, but Nokia has created and curated its own Android app store specially for the Nokia X.
The future for the Nokia X line looks a little bleak, with Microsoft announcing a round of layoffs and that in the future the X line will be re-aligned as a low-end Windows Phone device.
A family of Android phones
Nokia X is both a phone and a family of phones. The 4-inch Nokia X is the base model, and there is also the Nokia X+ and the larger, 5-inch Nokia XL. All run similar hardware and the same software with a consistent experience across each.
The 4-inch Nokia X shapes up like this:
- 4-inch, 480x800 resolution display
- Dual-core Snapdragon S4 CPU
- 4GB on-board storage with microSD card expansion
- 512MB RAM
- 3MP fixed focus rear camera
- Available in a variety of colors including black, green, white, red, yellow and blue
23 April 2014
Nokia is taking itself down a new path in the lower end of the market with the Nokia X, but is it any good?
Back on Feb. 24 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, the press – including us – were gathered around the Nokia booth to listen to what Stephen Elop was about to introduce...
21 April 2014
Nokia has stiff competition in the budget Android space for its first entrant, so how does the Nokia X stack up against the current king, the Moto G?
In late 2013 Motorola knocked our socks off with the Moto G. What it delivered was a top of the line Android experience for not a lot of money...
08 April 2014
It's a Nokia, with Android, minus the Google
Nokia made a big deal out of the Nokia X – and it's sibling products, the X+ and XL – back at Mobile World Congress, it's first foray into the Android world. But it's not exactly Android in the sense we're familiar with in these parts. Take out the Google and add in some square tiles and you're on the right track.
The Nokia X is definitely aimed towards the low end; a Snapdragon S4 and 512MB of RAM are long past being 'cutting edge.' The low-resolution display, fixed focus rear camera and paltry 4GB of on-board storage scream nothing but 'budget device.' But that doesn't mean we aren't interested by it.
28 February 2014
When you do a thing poorly, nobody benefits
I've had a few days to digest the Nokia X product line announcement from early Monday morning. I've tossed things around in my head, trying to get a handle on what Nokia was trying to accomplish with the new products, what it means for both the Windows Phone and Android ecosystems. I've seen the horrible reaction from potential users on various social networks, and I've read some compleeing arguments that suggest it will be a good thing overall from our own Dan and Chris.
But I'm still not convinced.
I don't see anything here but a play from Microsoft and Nokia to stop users from using Google's services. And it's wrapped up in what appears to be pretty poor packaging. I've decided that my mind is made up, and it's time to let it flow from brain to fingers to keyboard.
17 July 2014
In an email to Microsoft employees, CEO Satya Nadella announced that the software giant would trim its global workforce by 18,000 over the course of the year. The first batch of layoffs will begin later this year, and will see over 13,000 employees leaving the organization....
Nokia gets replaced
18 November 2014
Opera has today announced the company has signed a deal with Microsoft to see its Opera Mobile Store replace Nokia's portal as the default hub for apps and games on select hardware...