Nokia made no bones about the Nokia X being a play for the emerging smartphone audience, and it seems the Android-forked Windows Phone lookalike is off to a good start in China at least. Preorders for the Nokia X in China have already reached one million units, the company announced via its Weibo account, despite only having been on sale for four days.
As Nokia X is introduced to the world, Nokia suggests that they’re opening up a new door, aiming for a segment in the affordable international smartphone market that they’d not had access to before. For users, this will mean access to full-powered apps on a device that’s only a little more expensive than a feature phone. For developers, Nokia is suggesting that their reach - international reach, that is - should be reason enough to port Android apps over to their Nokia Store.
Not a week after Nokia X has been revealed as the company’s first Android smartphone, it’s been hacked. Intrepid developer KashaMalaga has made with the quick process of bypassing the device’s locked bootloader and rooting it to bring on stock Android. With the one-click APK known as FramaRoot, the Nokia X becomes the umpteen-thousandth Android device to have its chains broken, running now as simple an Android iteration as you like.
We’re coming down off the Mobile World Congress 2014 high to find that things aren’t so fantastic here in the real world. Specifically we’re referring to the Mt. Gox bankruptcy, this not boding especially well for those working with Bitcoin. Meanwhile things are looking up for California drivers, as they may soon be allowed to look at map apps while they’re driving their cars.
This week a little more than 24 hours after Nokia X was revealed at MWC 2014, we had a chat with Nokia VP of Developer Relations Amit Patel about what his team was doing to pull in device-ready Android apps. Nokia X does not come with the Google collection of apps right out of the box - this means you’ll be working with Nokia and Microsoft’s Android apps for starters, supplemented by a set of apps coming from the new Android-based Nokia Store (app store, that is). As Patel explains, Nokia is using a modified version of the tried-and-true Lumia-based developer program to draw in new creators.
Microsoft could slash the Windows Phone licensing fee it charges manufacturers to use the OS by nearly three-quarters, reports from handset makers indicate, as the company tries to drive adoption in developing markets on more affordable devices. Exactly what tithe Microsoft demands for each OS install has never been officially confirmed, but according to one manufacturer yet to jump on the Windows Phone train, the rumored $23-30 per device figure widely circulated might be cut by as much as 70-percent. Ironically, the cut comes just as Microsoft gets close to acquiring a project intended to bridge Windows Phone and developing markets.
This week we’ve had a chat with Nokia’s Amit Patel, VP of Developer Relations to gain as accurate a perspective of both Nokia and Microsoft’s aim with the Nokia X as possible. Monday the phone brand revealed that they had, indeed, been working on an Android device for some time - the Nokia X - as well as a couple more iterations of their vision for their first delivery of Android on hardware for the public. It may be Android, but it’s been made abundantly clear that neither Nokia nor Microsoft intend for users to leave their brands behind once they’ve gone their shade of green.
BBM, BlackBerry's instant-messaging service, will arrive on Windows Phone over the summer, the Canadian company has confirmed, as it tries to further push the app as a cross-platform tool. The app - the Android version of which will also come preloaded on the new Nokia X line of smartphones, also announced today - will support the same functionality as its counterparts on BlackBerry 10, iOS, and Android, including BBM Voice.
Nokia is on hand at MWC 2014 and the company is rolling out a number of new devices. We have already talked about one of the new devices called the Nokia X. Check out our Nokia X hands-on for more details on that smartphone. Two more devices have made surprise appearances at MWC 2014 called the Nokia XL and Nokia X+. All three of the devices look similar and vary mostly based on hardware specs.