Will Verduzco · Mar 1, 2014 at 03:00 pm

Nokia Shows Other OEMs How to Deal with the Development Community!

During the course of our 11 year history, we at XDA have seen OEMs display many different attitudes towards developers here at XDA, as well as the aftermarket development community as a whole. Perhaps the source of this ambivalence is twofold. On the plus side, aftermarket developers are able to add value to existing products by providing end users with additional features and higher levels of performance. But this blessing can also be a curse, as these software-enabled upgrades could potentially make users more content with their current hardware and unwilling to upgrade to the next generation of products.

Thankfully, there are certain OEMs who get things right. In recent memory, Motorola has become quite developer-friendly, and other OEMs such as Oppo and Sony have a vast track record of treating the community right. Now, you can add Nokia to the fold.

You may remember that just yesterday, we covered a quick guide by XDA Senior Member Kashamalaga that gave Nokia X users the ability to connect to the Google Play Store and load up various Google Apps including the Google Now Launcher. Initially, I was a bit hesitant to post the story, as additional publicity could evoke wrath from an angry hand of Nokia. Thankfully, I was proven wrong, as the Nokia Developer Team expressed support for Kashamalaga’s achievement in a Tweet:

Nokia Developer Team @nokiadeveloper Feb 28
@KashaMalaga This is awesome! Very excited to see progress is being made – we actually really like @xdadevelopers

Well, Nokia, thanks for showing the other OEMs how it’s done. Now please just give us a flagship-level Android-powered device, and I’ll gladly ditch my Nexus 5.


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Will Verduzco

willverduzco is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. Will Verduzco is the Portal Administrator for the XDA-Developers Portal. He has been addicted to mobile technology since the HTC Wizard. But starting with the Nexus One, his gadget love affair shifted to Google's little green robot. He is also a Johns Hopkins University graduate in neuroscience and is now currently studying to become a physician. View willverduzco's posts and articles here.
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