Three years after it announced a switch to Windows Phone, Nokia has announced a brand new family of smartphones, the Nokia X family, a range of handsets that combines Nokia design, build quality and services with the ability to run Android apps.
Unveiled today at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the Nokia X smartphones will be powered by the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) and feature an interface similar to that of Windows Phone 8. All three of the devices are powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon Dual Core processor and are Dual SIM.
The new Nokia X Andrpoid smartphones will offer users far more applications than they can access with phones running on Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system. However, don’t expect to see anything Google on Nokia X phones, as Nokia and Microsoft have preloaded Skype, OneCloud, Nokia HERE Maps, Nokia MiXRadio.
Nokia said consumers would have access to Android app stores, including its own and those from rivals like the Russian search engine Yandex. However, some Android apps that run on Google’s services might not work smoothly with Nokia’s new phones.
A range of third-party apps comes preinstalled, including BBM, Plants vs. Zombies 2, Viber, Vine and Twitter. As many more as you can fit can be obtained from the Nokia Store, third-party app stores and sideloaded.
The first three phones in the family – the Nokia X, X+ and XL – are priced between the existing Asha and Lumia lines, at €89, €99 and €109 respectively, to appeal to new smartphone users looking for popular apps and their first cloud services.
Photos of Nokia X, X+ and XL Android Phones
The X family boasts Nokia’s exciting, high quality hardware design and a range of bright colours. The brand new, tile-based Home screen offers you a simple, elegant way to manage your apps and phone functions and also reintroduces a redesigned version of the enormously popular Fastlane notifications centre – a second Home screen if you like – from the latest Asha devices.
Once the Nokia X Android phones are available in Nigeria, will you buy one for yourself?
Check out the specs and prices of Nokia X, X+ and XL in Nigeria.