It’s been exactly a week since the Android-powered Nokia X was revealed at Mobile World Congress 2014, but it’s already been hacked to run the Google Play Store and its Android apps.
Nokia’s curious decision to release an Android-powered smartphone mere months (at best) before a full take-over by Microsoft - the home of Windows Phone and staunch Google rival - appeared to be justified (albeit weakly) by the fact that the Nokia X range couldn’t run Google’s Android services and apps.
Now that last, flimsy barrier to a full Nokia Android experience appears to have been broken, albeit unofficially.
Over on the XDA-developers forums, a Nokia X handset has been cracked to run the Google Play Store and its million-or-so apps. What’s more, it only took user Kasamalaga five simple steps to achieve this.
By following these steps it’s possible to get Gmail, Google Maps, Google Now and the like running on the Nokia X, which attempts to replace such popular Google services with Microsoft equivalents.
There’s also the small matter of a vast library of third party apps and games rather than Nokia’s inevitably flimsy custom app store offering.
Aside from its odd hybrid OS and app store, the Nokia X features a 4-inch 800 x 480 IPS display, a 1GHz dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM, and a 3-megapixel camera. It costs around 80 Euros in those emerging market to which it’s already been made available.
There’s no news yet on whether the Nokia X will come to the UK market.
Via: The Verge