Nokia may well be owned by the Windows Phone owning Microsoft, but that doesn’t mean the Finnish company isn’t keen to see what other operating systems it can use, as the company unveiling three phones running on Android. Sort of.
Shown this week at Spain’s Mobile World Congress, the international stage for pretty much every major smartphone announcement for the first half of the year, Nokia has pulled the covers off three products that have sent the rumour mill into high alert for the past few months.
The newbies in Nokia’s smartphone line-up are part of the brand’s “X” series, and make up the first Android handsets for Nokia, relying on a slight deviation of the typical Google Android customers are used to seeing on the devices like the HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S4, Sony Xperia Z1, and LG G2.
Rather than rely on a typical Google-styled Android overlay, the new Nokia X series will instead be built from a simple grid interface with flat design and bright colours, similar to what Nokia offers in its Windows Phone-based handsets, and with that Microsoft ownership, will also offer applications linking users to services already under the Microsoft umbrella, such as Skype, Onedrive (formerly Skydrive) and Outlook.
With Android on-board, though, owners will be able to download apps normally made for Android, bypassing some of the limitations currently seen with Windows Phone, which relies on a specific Windows Marketplace store, and may not have all the apps customers are after.
“Today Windows Phone is the fastest growing mobile ecosystem in the world, and we continue to see incredible momentum with our Lumia smartphones,” said Bryan Biniak, Vice President and General Manager of the Developer Experience at Nokia.