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.
Yahoo! Maps has added indoor venue mapping, raising its challenge to Google Maps by including internal navigation for more than 75,000 buildings worldwide. The new feature, provided by Nokia's HERE platform, takes mapping indoors in places like shopping centers, even across multiple levels.
New Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella originally opposed the company's acquisition of Nokia's device business, it's reported, with claims of a ferocious board meeting that saw then-CEO Steve Ballmer shouting at the leadership team over their deal doubts. The outspoken exec, Microsoft's second CEO in the company's history, supposedly signed his fate, with his shouting - apparently audible outside of the closed conference room - getting him the necessary support to go ahead with the Nokia purchase, but also the final stroke in undermining the board's confidence in him.
There’s a fellow by the name of Markku at Nokia’s Sensors and Energy department - the Principal Researcher of that department. He’s working on a project that’s going to allow users to dance to charge up their smartphone. While it’s relatively far off from a final product, the team has taken to the streets to show the concept off.
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.
There are quite a few top-level apps ready for Nokia X as it heads to launch just one week after it was introduced to the world at Mobile World Congress 2014. Speaking with Nokia VP of Developer Relations Amit Patel, it was made clear that Nokia X wasn’t just any average smartphone launch. This device had Nokia speaking with hundreds of brands, early on making certain that the Android-based Nokia Store was stocked as hardware hits shelves.
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.
Nokia's Lumia Windows Phone offerings come in a variety of flavors, each similar to the other but unique in their own ways. Among them all is what appears to be an upcoming budget handset option, the Nokia Lumia 630, which has had a few specifications leak on the Chinese website Baidu.
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.