Although Nokia X is based on Android, it is very different from other phones in the market that work on the Googles Android OS. Here are six ways in which the Nokia X is different from the crowd.
ANDROID SANS GOOGLE
Nokia Xs operating system has been built on Android Open Source Project (AOSP). This is just a fraction of Googles OS seen in many of todays phones. AOSP doesnt come with proprietary Google code and hence, Google apps such as Play Store, Google Maps, etc, will not be available on Nokia X. Over the years, Google has been linking several key features to Google Play Services, which isnt available under AOSP. If an app makes use of any of these features, Nokia X wont be able to run it.
For further information on the limitations of AOSP, you can read two articles on the subject at Ars Technica. One is about Googles iron grip on Android and the other explains why forking Android is not the best idea.
DISTINCT MICROSOFT FLAVOUR
Nokia X comes with a customised tile-based interface that reminds of Windows Phone. Couple that with Microsoft services such as OneDrive, Outlook and Nokias own Here Maps, and its easy to mistake this phone for a Windows Phone device.
Nokia said it is working on an easy way to migrate your data from the Nokia X to Lumia phones. More details on that should be available in the coming weeks.
Nokia X just has one button below its touchscreen display. This is a back button that looks identical to the one on new Asha series phones. Its not surprising that Nokia also brought the Fast Lane interface from Asha to the X. Fast Lane gives you quick access to your favourite actions, whether it is playing music or calling. It also keeps you updated on upcoming events from your calendar.
The Nokia Xs camera does not have auto-focus, which is a bit baffling considering the phones price. The Lumia 520 costs less than the X and comes with auto-focus. If you love photography, then the Nokia Xs camera is going to prove a little restrictive.
THE APP MARKET
The biggest concern, however, is availability of apps. Nokia ships the phone with apps such as Facebook and Opera, along with a Nokia app store, where you can download many other apps and games. You can also sideload apps (download the .apk file and install), but that may not be a great idea because the app may not be optimised for the device. Nokia allows you to access third-party Android app stores to download apps that arent available on the Nokia store.
At the launch event in New Delhi, a Nokia representative threw the phone down from a height of five feet and even banged it against wooden surface. The Nokia X didnt break and continued to work smoothly after that. Of course, it doesnt mean that youll be able to claim warranty if you manage to break your Nokia X. Still, the demo was interesting and we will definitely test the build quality as soon as Nokia sends us a review unit.
Overall, Nokias phone is in the news because it stands out. There is no dearth of Android phones in the market, but the Nokia X is definitely going to grab eyeballs.