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Will Verduzco · Jul 17, 2014

Microsoft Kills Android-Powered Nokia X Lineup

Try as the old giant might, Microsoft hasn't done too well for itself in the mobile space recently. Although once the kings of the industry with Windows Mobile, its successor Windows Phone was never able to enjoy the same popularity. Much of this is undoubtedly due to a paucity of third party applications for the platform. Not too long ago, Microsoft-owned Nokia decided to try a new approach in order to be a bit more competitive in this app-driven market....

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Will Verduzco · Jun 24, 2014

Android-Powered Nokia X2 Unveiled, Forums Added

Despite the overabundance of rumors and leaks leading up to the eventual release of the first generation Nokia X, the thought of an Android-powered Nokia device was certainly a shock to many. And even though the Nokia X was created without any sort of flagship aspirations in mind, it has still amassed quite a loyal following and its fair share of aftermarket development work thanks in part to Nokia's positive attitude towards development. Now, Nokia hopes to build upon the success of the...

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Jimmy McGee · Apr 14, 2014

Nokia X Camera Ported, Easily Flash Between Dalvik and ART, CF.lumen Released by Chainfire! – XDA Developer TV

You can now easily switch between Dalvik and ART if you're experiencing ART-related bootloops! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this weekend's news is the announcement that the Xperia Z2 X-Reality Image Enhancer has been ported to all Xperia Devices and the story about what to do now that you have a Samsung Galaxy S5! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the...

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Will Verduzco · Apr 12, 2014

Nokia X Camera Ported to Android 4.1+ Devices

While the Nokia X isn't exactly the lust-inducing, flagship-caliber device that we were all hoping for from the Finnish OEM's entrance into the Android world, the device and its software are still rather intriguing. In addition to making the Nokia X more functional by shoehorning external development onto the device, we've also seen porting efforts to bring some of the Nokia X's software to other devices. This began with porting the Nokia Store to other devices, and we later saw...

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Tomek Kondrat · Apr 8, 2014

Nokia X Receives its First Source-Built Custom ROM

The Nokia X is the first Android-powered device family from the legendary Finnish manufacturer. It's become quite the commercial success due to being a relatively cheap device with pretty decent hardware specification. And after it was rooted and received ports of TWRP and ClockworkMod recoveries, it was only a matter of time before custom ROMs would show up. XDA Senior Member dhacker29, who ported AOSP to Moto G, now brought a working Code Aurora-based build of AOSP Jellybean 4.1.2 to the Nokia X. The...

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Samantha · Apr 4, 2014

Floodgates Open for Development on the Nokia X with Unofficial TWRP and CWM Ports

It seems many folks simply do not know what to do with the Nokia X. Although it’s unbelievably inexpensive, one may find it hard to rationalize choosing this highly modified device over the also wallet-friendly and highly regarded Moto G, particularly for aftermarket development. This however, doesn’t change the fact that the Nokia X has already been rooted and loaded with Google Apps, testament to the determination of XDA members. With this said, the Nokia X has recently received unofficial...

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Will Verduzco · Mar 21, 2014

Nokia X ROM Ported to the Cherry Mobile Flare S100

XDA is home to all sorts of devices and all sorts of users. There are obviously those who aren't content with anything other than the latest flagship Galaxies, Ones, or Nexus devices. However, there are also those for whom these phones are simply inaccessible---either due to financial constraints or geographic availability. In these markets, you have phones like the Cherry Mobile Flare S100. While the Flare doesn't offer showstopper specifications, it has amassed a decent following in various regions due to...

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Will Verduzco · Mar 4, 2014

Nokia X ROM Running on the HTC HD2… Sort of

Hey, what's that image over to your right? Oh that's just an HTC HD2 running a port of the Nokia X ROM... Wait, what? OK. Part of why you undoubtedly had to do a double take when reading that last statement is that most of the development efforts on the Nokia X thus far have involved removing Nokia's strange UI from the device and turning the Nokia X into a more traditional Android smartphone. But just like what they say about questionable content on...

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Jimmy McGee · Mar 3, 2014

Nokia X Rooted, Loaded with Google Apps, KitKat Comes to T-Mo G2, 4K Video in Stock LG Camera – XDA Developer TV

Android 4.4.2 KitKat source code for the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S4 been released! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week's news is the announcement that the T-Mobile LG G2's KitKat update is available as well and Android 4.4 has been leaked for the AT&T LG Optimus G Pro! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about adding 4k and 120 FPS...

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Will Verduzco · Mar 1, 2014

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...

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Will Verduzco · Feb 28, 2014

Nokia X Rooted and Loaded with Google Apps, Play Store, and Google Now Launcher!

Just a few days ago, we showed you a quick glimpse of what "real" Android looks like on the Nokia X. Unfortunately, this was only a standard replacement launcher, leaving many of us salivating at the prospect of having a Nokia X with full access to Google Apps and Services. Now thanks to a guide by XDA Senior Member Kashamalaga, that time has come. Kashamalaga's guide is quite simple. First, you acquire root access using the Galdalf Exploit in Framaroot. From...

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Will Verduzco · Feb 28, 2014

Forums Added for the Nokia X, HTC Desire 816, LG G Pro 2, LG G2 Mini, and Xperia M2

Just yesterday, we announced the creation of forums for the Sony Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z2 Tablet. Now, we've created quite a few new forums for other devices announced earlier this week at this year's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. First up, we have the highly anticipated Nokia X. While the Finnish OEM's first entry into the Android world isn't exactly for everyone, there are quite a few things the budget-friendly X gets right. Nokia wasn't the only company to make waves...

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Tomek Kondrat · Feb 27, 2014

Nokia Store Ported to Other Android Devices

The Nokia X family's fate is not yet set in stone. The first Android-powered device from the legendary OEM might prove to be a great success or even greater failure, as our Editor-in-Chief Will mentioned in his analysis. One thing is certain though: Some Nokia applications are highly anticipated, with Nokia Maps being right at the very top of the list. While Here Maps hasn't yet been ported to other devices, one Nokia X app has made its way to other...

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Will Verduzco · Feb 27, 2014

Nokia VP of Marketing Talks Distribution Plans, Timing, and Goals for the Nokia X Family

The Nokia X is certainly a polarizing device. For ever fan of the device family's affordable price tag and trademark Nokia build quality, there's inevitably someone else to blast the company's entrance into the Android world for not packing a quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor and WUXGA screen. While the Nokia X is probably not the right phone for the majority of smartphone buyers, there are certainly a few things that the Finnish company got right in terms of product design and placement. To talk...

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Will Verduzco · Feb 26, 2014

Here’s What “Real” Android Looks Like on the Nokia X

What? Could that image to your right be real? Is that something that actually resembles Android running on the Android-powered Nokia X? OK, fine---there's still a layer of Nokia customization thanks to that status bar, but this is what the Nokia X looks like running a much more traditional launcher. (more…)

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Will Verduzco · Feb 25, 2014

Nokia X: A Phone for Nobody?

It's now been one day since the official unveiling of the Nokia X lineup at MWC in Barcelona. And while most of the details were already known far in advance, there were a few surprises the day of. For starters, we received not one, but three Android-powered Nokia devices. We also learned a bit more Nokia's custom UI, including the Fastlane notification center and more specifics about various device specifications. But for the most part, the Nokia X family is almost...

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Will Verduzco · Feb 24, 2014

The Android-Powered Nokia X is Here, Comes in 3 Flavors

After countless headlines through more rumors than the latest fruit-phone, the Android-powered Nokia X is finally a reality---though it may not exactly be everything that you hoped for in a marriage between Nokia and Android. The device claims to offer the best of both worlds by giving access to the world of Android apps while also providing the "signature Nokia experience" through branded first party apps. But is the Nokia X itself truly anything to be excited about? (more…)

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Will Verduzco · Feb 18, 2014

X Marks the Spot for Android-Powered Nokia X Launch at MWC in 5 Days?

Ah, the fabled Nokia X. What started life in the rumor mill as the unlikely Nokia "Normandy" has now become a device with more leaked renders, snapshots, benchmarks, and specs than the next minor revision to Apple's lowly iPh*ne. All of the hype and rumors are to be expected. Despite the device's theorized low-end aspirations as an Asha replacement, it will still be the first Nokia-powered Android device. And if Nokia's superb build quality isn't enough to excite you on its own,...

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