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Nokia goes Android, announces trio of X phones running a forked version of Android sans Google

Product Launch by Andrew Kameka on Monday February 24, 2014.

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Nokia X Android smartphone
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Nokia today announced three new handsets that are all Android without the company and apps that have come to be closely associated with the operating system. The Nokia X, X+, and XL all run Android, but it is a forked version of the Android Open Source Project that has little resemblance to Android. It also lacks common apps like Google Maps, Gmail, YouTube, and Google Play. In their places are a user interface with some similarities to Windows Phone, and Nokia and Microsoft's suite of apps that include Skype, OneDrive, HERE Maps, HERE Drive, Nokia Mix Radio, and Outlook.

The phones come with the Nokia Store that curates Android apps, but users who acquire APK from other sources can manually install (sideload) the app. The software also focuses on a home screen with tiles that can be repositioned, which looks like a Lumia device. The Nokia X and Nokia X+ are the same phone except for the X+ having 768MB of RAM. While the Nokia X is available for sale now, the other two phones won't go on sale for a few more weeks. Here are the specs for each device.

Nokia X - 89 euros pre-VAT (US $129)
- 4-inch IPS LCD (WVGA 800x480, 233ppi)
- 1 GHz dual-core processor (Snapdragon S4)
- 512MB RAM
- 4GB storage, 32GB microSD slot
- 3-megapixel camera with no flash
- 115.5 x 63 x 10.4mm, 128.7g
- Dual SIM, 3G connectivity, Bluetooth 3.0, 802.11 b/g/n
- 1,500 mAh battery (removable)

Nokia X+ - 99 euros pre-VAT (US $139)
* Same as above, only with 768MB RAM

Nokia XL - 109 euros pre-VAT (US $149)
- 5-inch IPS LCD (WVGA, 800x480)
- 1 GHz dual-core processor (Snapdragon S4)
- 768MB RAM
- 4GB storage, 32GB microSD slot
- 5-megapixel camera with LED flash
- 2-megapixel front-facing camera
- 141.4 x 77.7 x 10.9 mm, 190g
- Dual SIM, 3G connectivity, Bluetooth 3.0, 802.11 b/g/n
- 2,000 mAh battery

source: Nokia

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