Today, we sat down with several key executives from Nokia to talk more about the Nokia X Platform, the UI and some of its functionality as well as the design philosophy that came with it
The Nokia X Platform was derived from the AOSP (Android Open Source Project) and took the core of Jellybean 4.1.2, made enhancements available in Kitkat (for better memory management), added Microsoft APIs in order to access MS services like Bing, Exchange, Outlook, OneDrive as well as native Nokia services like HERE Maps.
So yes, technically, it’s not really an Android smartphone but a derivative.
Since Nokia X is not using any Google services, there is no Play Store, there are a number of 3rd party apps stores available on the platform like Mobango, SlideMe Market, and 1Mobile Market.
For purchases, everything is done thru carrier charging. Nokia has about 170 carrier partners that will do this so all charges are done using load credits. Everything else, users can just sideload the apps via the microSD card.
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In the gallery above, the UI of the Nokia X looks very similar to the Live Tiles of WP8.
Nokia’s goal is to make Nokia X devices available to those looking at the price points between the Nokia Asha and the Nokia Lumia. Growth in the $100 segment of the market are the biggest in emerging markets (reason why CM sells over 200k units a month in the Philippines) so that’s the primary focus on Nokia for the Nokia X series.
That being said, do not expect a high end Nokia device to run on Nokia X in the future.