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Interesting: Nokia discourages “Metro style” apps for Nokia X.

Nokia XAt MWC, Nokia’s ex-CEO Elop spent quite sometime on driving the point home that the Nokia X‘s UI will be the first interaction of many new smartphones owners to the actual Windows Phone UI.

But, while Nokia has borrowed UI elements like tiles from Windows Phone to Nokia X, the apps will still sport “Android like UI” if apps development guidelines at Nokia Developer page are any indication. Nokia discourages developers from mimicking even Windows Phone’s panoramic UI style for apps and suggests them to read “Pure Android” style guidelines. Some tidbits from Nokia Developer page,

  • We recommend to keep the file size under 512 MB. The risk of huge download sizes is that the phone runs out of free space for your app, or there might be a network timeout.
  • Do not mimic different platforms. People are not used to the interaction paradigms of the other platform; for example, they might consider the Windows Phone panoramic view as uneffective since it does not work satisfyingly in landscape orientation.
  • Read more about Android style.

I know, it sounds bit surprising to discourage metro style UI for apps. Knowing Nokia, I can bet, they will never compromise on app’s user experience and that may be the driving factor here.

Thanks JLIT99 for the tip. Cheers!!



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  • JLIT99

    One website (maybe The Verge, not sure), said that it would be transferred over.

    I’m not too sure, but it would be good for Nokia to keep the store for the app revenues.
    I can’t see Microsoft making new phones with a mobile store they don’t own gaining the revenue though.

    There’s a rumour going around that Microsoft is porting Internet Explorer to Android.. maybe to replace the Nokia Xpress browser on the Nokia X?

  • JLIT99

    No problem 😉

    If you remember, the early leaks of this device showed a more N9 style experience, with icons instead of tiles (or ‘blocks’ as Nokia is calling them).

    The people who we now know are in charge of this device are some of those from the ex-MeeGo team who didn’t loose their jobs, and were transferred to other departments, such as CTO and Asha/S40.

    Note how the person running the @NokiaDeveloper Twitter handle openly praised the rooting and Google Play services on the Nokia X, something Elop did not want to happen, and you can see that not all people in Nokia were bought into his Microsoft-centric vision..

    Microsoft’s own apps for Android mimic the Windows Phone style. Skype and Outlook are very similar to their Windows Phone equivalents, so there doesn’t seem to be any real issue with using the WP style in Android…

    • Tony

      HI JLIT99, you now if the Nokia Store will be transferred to Microsoft?