For the low end

Nokia announces the Nokia X & Nokia X+ Android smartphones


As expected, Nokia has today at MWC 2014 announced the company’s first – and likely only – family of Android smartphones, the Nokia X and the Nokia X+. Previously codenamed “Normandy”, the Nokia X family runs a highly customized version of Android that fuses compatibility with existing Android applications alongside a wide suite of Microsoft services and a live tile user interface that should be familiar with users of Windows Phone and Lumia devices.

Both the Nokia X and Nokia X+ feature a 4″ smartphone, come in a wide array of bright colors, will feature a unique Nokia X specific application store, support APK side loading, and will be focused on the emerging and low end markets.

The Nokia X’s version of Android features live tile support, home screen customization, as well as folders and widgets – the former that has only just been integrated in the Windows Phone ecosystem by Nokia themselves in the Lumia lineup, and the latter that has yet to exist in Windows Phone at all. Nokia has also added their iconic “Glance” functionality which allows you to check the time and notifications without activating their phone’s screen, as well as a new service called “Fastlane” that allows users to check out the latest bits of relevant information and launch recently used applications.

The Nokia X and Nokia X+ comes with a free one month subscription to Skype’s unlimited world subscription, as well as 10GB of free cloud storage on Microsoft’s OneDrive service. The Nokia X will go on sale shortly for 89 euros ($122), and the Nokia X+ will hit shelves for 99 euros ($135) in Q2 2014. Nokia has also announced a larger screen Nokia XL Android smartphone which will also launch in Q2 2014 for 109 euros.