Nokia announced their first smartphones running Android: the Nokia X, Nokia X+ and the Nokia XL. Earlier this year was an announcement at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
Two days ago the Nokia X2 was announced. It comes with a different range of colors, still bold and beautiful like it’s predecessors. It also has better battery, memory, a front-facing camera and a ClearBlack 4.3″ display. This is the first device from the second generation, built on the Nokia X Software Platform 2.0.
Comparing the Nokia X devices
The user interface got a lot of enhancements. Users can choose from three types of navigation screens. First being the home screen with colorful WindowsPhone-like tiles, the second is the Fastlane with recent apps and calendar items. Finally, the third, the new apps list, which is also inspired from the Windows Phone. With a swipe down, the notification and connectivity options tabs will appear.
The Nokia X2
The Nokia X2 comes with Microsoft’s apps like Skype, Outlook email service and OneDrive internet storage pre-loaded. The valuable Nokia services will be also available, MixRadio and HERE Maps. They will have free online maps and free turn by turn navigation from HERE Drive.
The suggested retail price will be only 99 euros.
The applications and development
75% of Android apps simply work on Nokia X. The rest, the apps using maps, in-app payments or notifications will have to implement equivalent services from Nokia.
Nokia offers a compatibility check for your .apk here
Nokia X Porting Bus Tour
Starting at the MWC in Barcelona and continuing on a tour across Europe, the Nokia Porting Bus helped developers port their Android apps to NokiaX.
Arthur was the first person to complete the Porting to XChallenge in Barcelona at the MWC and got the NokiaX.
The proof: Ready Set Holiday app running on Nokia X.
More information about Porting to X
Moreover, Nokia offers a set of code samples, documentation and other resources for app developers.
Additionally, you can register the webinars to learn more about the Nokia X platform.
*Nokia X2 images are taken from www.nokia.com