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A big day for Nokia at MWC and my views on the Nokia X family


Today was a big day for Nokia, not just with the announcement of five new devices, but a different view coming to a new Nokia line.  Before we can get into the really interesting stuff we have to cover the minor details as well.  The details to be listed below were the minor things said in the Nokia keynote today.

  • Nokia’s market-leading operator billing network powers in-app purchases, gives developers global reach.
  • Leading apps available for Nokia X devices include BBM, Facebook, LINE, Skype and Twitter.
  • Nokia Lumia momentum continues with addition of BBM, Adobe Photoshop Express and Facebook Messenger.
  • Nokia Imaging SDK 1.1, with powerful editing features, now available for Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8.1 tablets and PCs.

Now for the big announcement was the new line of Nokia X phones.  It is said to be the first Nokia “Android” device, but when you look closely how much android is actually included in the device.  Yes, the games and settings are android based, but when you look at the OS running on this device it looks like a Lumia, an Asha, and a little bit of Android had a baby.  Your apps are still in a similar resizable tile layout, you have fast lane just one swipe away, you have a never ending page going up and down like you see on Lumias, and the small android thrown in there is game titles and settings page.  What do you think though? Will this hurt Windows Phone? Will Microsoft do away with this line as soon as the Nokia Microsoft transaction is complete?  I think the Nokia X line will serve as a gateway to more Windows Phone users, due to the similar layouts, bright colors, and solid hardware, not to mention that Nokia is welcoming Android developers, which in time will bring more games to Windows Phone. I would love to get my hands on a Nokia X.

For more information on what went down today at MWC click HERE.

Jeff Holloway
I am an information systems major. I am a big nokia fan and I am glad to be part of the Nokia power user team. I am also a big fan of fantasy football and fantasy hockey. Currently using a Lumia Icon. Have a nice read and feel free to share your feedback. @fantasyandfones
  • JLIT99

    I saw a video on YouTube where they delved into the OS settings and other areas of the phone. Behind the face which everyone will see it is really is a standard Android phone.

    This is going to be an undoubtable success if they don’t mess up the marketing and country release schedule. It has more capabilities and potential than the Lumia 520 which is already selling like hotcakes. I hope someone works out a way of getting Google services onto the phone easily. Thus, it will sell even more units.

    In the past, Nokia ironically had bundled Google Search and other apps into their Maemo and Symbian phones. If it wasn’t for the MS acquisition, it would seem kind of childish not to include Google apps (with the exception of Google Maps, which they actually compete with).

  • troll

    I think Microsoft should keep the line. Most new buyers do not know how to run a smartphone in the beginning, be it Android, Windows or Apple, they have to go through a learning process. They buy Android because they have heard the name Android so much. Even after buying an Android 73% do not know all the functions on the phone after using the phone for a while. Most people still use the smartphone like a cellphone with Internet and a camera, that’s it. I think Here Drive will be the big winner here and perhaps Here Transit, but I don’t think a majority of people look for Google services at all, its just forced on them on full Androids and they have never used a full Android before.. Using an X, their Android has Here and its cool in their mind. Microsoft wins in bringing people to the cloud, services second and if people change to Windows phone is a plus but there is no profit in the hardware anymore, too much competition driving margins down.

  • I’m afraid I completely disagree with what will happen. The X line of Nokia devices are ANDROID, not Windows Phone. Because they are Android and will be extremely low-priced, THAT is what will attract consumers initially. But I think it is sheer folly to hope that people who buy them will say, “gee, I sure love the Microsoft and Nokia services on this, but I’ll bet they’ll run sweeter on an actual Windows Phone”. No, what will happen is they will expect the Google experience of Android, not the forked version, and they won’t get it. They’ll get angry and go for the next available “real” Android device. OR, if they are particularly capable, they will root the thing and/or put a custom full Android experience on it. Either way, Windows Phone LOSES. This has got to be one of the most boneheaded decisions Microsoft has played a part in. Oh, sure, this is Nokia’s baby since they are still independent of Microsoft, but unless this was an intentional last flip-of-the-finger at Microsoft before they officially acquire the devices division of Nokia, you know they had at least some input here. And if they don’t kill the X line immediately upon the official acquisition date, I think they can wave buh-bye to Windows Phone. And this makes me very angry. Even angry than how they are systematically destroying Windows Phone 8 with the next update.