For sometime now,we have been hearing and reading stories of Android powered Nokia phones.
To be specific,from last year September.Everyone started casting doubt on these reports when
Microsoft bought Nokia but the deal would be completed in a few months to come so Nokia
was free to tinker around open source operating systems.That made Nokia try Android.Notably
Nokia CEO never tried it before since he was afraid of Samsung’s dominance.
Now we have Android powered Nokia phones,Nokia X,Nokia X+ and Nokia XL.
Nokia X and X+ are almost the same except for more RAM in X+,
768MB, and X 512 MB .They both have a 4 inch screen with a resolution of
800 x 480 and a 3MP camera.
Nokia XL on the other hand has a five inch screen with a 5 MP back and 2MP
Nokia XL (pictured)
All these devices are equipped with a 1Ghz dual core Qualcomm snapdragon s4 processors.
The devices have forked version of android so Google services like Gmail,maps etc are missing.
To replace this, Nokia used Nokia Here Maps, Nokia MixRadio, Skype, OneDrive, Outlook.com etc.
To resemble it’s Lumia range,Nokia used the same launcher as that of windows phones.
Although it lacks Google Play Store,users can download and install android applications
from other sources or install already downloaded apps from Google Play from their SD card.
There is still presence of Nokia app store which currently has a small number of apps.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
Nokia X will cost $120(kshs10,200), Nokia X+ will go for $139 (kshs 12,000) and Nokia XL for $149 (kshs 13,000)
Other nokia phones announced are Nokia 220, an internet ready feature phone which costs just 29 Euros (around $39)
; the Nokia Asha 230 (at 45 Euros) with a touch screen; and the availability of BBM on Nokia Lumia phones.
Nokia east Africa has been quick to make lower end Nokia devices available in the country two or three weeks after lauch.With the new tax bill taxe bill in place,That price will likely increase by two to three thousand shillings.