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Nokia Corp. has introduced its first, and probably last, smartphones based on Google Android operating system. The handsets feature a special version of Google’s platform with Windows Phone-like interface and provides basic functionality. Nokia will target emerging markets with its Nokia X devices.

The lineup of Nokia X smartphones powered by heavily-modified Google Android operating system includes three models – X (4” display, 512MB RAM, 3MP camera), X+ (4” display, 768MB RAM, 5MP camera) and XL (5” display, 768MB RAM, 5MP camera) – and is powered by dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 system-on-chip. The handsets sport 800*480 screen resolution, 4GB of NAND flash memory, ambient light sensor, accelerometer, proximity sensor, 2G/3G connectivity, Wi-Fi, two SIM cards, etc. The Nokia X smartphones are designed to resemble simplistic design of Lumia and feature volume keys, “back key” and lock key.

The Nokia X family boasts with tile-based user interface inspired by Lumia family and Windows Phone operating system. All devices come with Fastlane, a screen which lets people switch between their favorite apps more smoothly. People can access curated, quality-tested apps from Nokia Store, more than a dozen third-party app stores and by side-loading. Out of the box, they can enjoy signature Nokia experiences including free Here Maps and Nokia MixRadio for free music streaming and downloadable playlists. All devices are also pre-loaded with a variety of third-party apps and games.

The Nokia X family is also an affordable introduction to popular Microsoft services, including free cloud storage using OneDrive. With the purchase of any Nokia X family smartphone in select markets, people will get one month of Skype's Unlimited World Subscription for a limited time, ideal to make international calls to landlines in more than 60 countries and to mobile phones in 8 countries.

The Nokia X will go on sale immediately, starting at €89 and rolling-out in Asia-Pacific, Europe, India, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa. The Nokia X+ and Nokia XL are expected to roll out in these markets starting early second quarter, priced at €99 and €109, respectively.

Tags: Nokia, Nokia X, Lumia, Android, Windows Phone, Microsoft

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I wish them success using android and hope this is only the beginning for Nokia/Android
2 0 [Posted by: alpha0ne  | Date: 03/01/14 02:35:34 AM]
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0 3 [Posted by: basroil  | Date: 03/03/14 02:00:33 AM]
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There is a great big market out there crying for any other O/S than the American centric operating systems. The Windows O/S is not the flavour of the month with a great number of consumers world wide.
This may explain the rise of non country centric O/S and hardware manufacture. The BAD NAME which the spying has generated for all things American doesn't seem to have registered in the USA yet. Once the loss of sales starts to register with the money men then is when the brown stuff will hit the fan. The same applies to Putin's adventure into the Ukraine.
2 1 [Posted by: tedstoy  | Date: 03/04/14 06:43:09 AM]
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That reads like bad spam. ALL mobile operating systems were designed: 1) In the US 2) By US companies or 3) Obsolete/copies
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