Just today at Mobile World Congress, Nokia finally broadened the Nokia lineup by adding 3 variants of Nokia X. The 3 variants run on AOSP-based Android and are capable of running Android apps and Microsoft services. This confirms a year-long rumor and fulfills the hopeful wish of many for Nokia to finally embrace the Android ecosystem as another choice of mobile OS.
The 3 phones look and feel a notch better than Asha phones, and it seems that Nokia is committed to promote it heavily for the broad C market.
As mentioned, both are based on Android Open Source Project, a highly modified Android operating system. It’s pretty clear during the launch that Nokia X, X+ and XL are running on AOSP with Microsoft Services running at its core, not Google services.
Nokia X, X+ and XL are compatible with AndroidApps. The apps may be downloaded from from Nokia Store or 3rd party app stores. You may also sideload APK files, surprisingly!
Nokia made multitasking quite differently with Fastlane. With it you can flow freely between apps and open/close notifications.
Along with Nokia X, Nokia also announced new feature and Asha phones, Nokia 220 and Asha 230.
[su_spoiler title=”Press Release” style=”simple”]
Giancarlo Viterbo is a Filipino Technology Journalist, blogger and Editor of gadgetpilipinas.net, He is also a Geek, Dad and a Husband. He knows a lot about washing the dishes, doing some errands and following instructions from his boss on his day job. Follow him on twitter: @gianviterbo and @gadgetpilipinas.