Nokia announces the X, X+ and XL, its first Android phones!

Nokia is officially launching its very first Android devices, known as the X and the X+, on stage at its annual Mobile World Congress press conference. We were a caught off guard a bit by the second (and third) device, but either way it’s still incredible to see Nokia take this particular approach. We’re not yet sure the difference between the two handsets, but we should find out soon. What we do know is that the X will have a 4-inch, 840 x 480 IPS screen, 512MB RAM, 4GB of storage expandable storage via microSD slot and 3-megapixel camera. Both handsets will be based on the forked AOSP Android OS, which Nokia says will have the advantages of the Android ecosystem, but with a “differentiated experience.” So far, Here Maps, MixRadio, Skype and Outlook will be offered. You can access the Nokia and third party stores using the devices, but not Google Play, obviously.

Nokia has built the interface around something called FastLane. When you swipe across it, it’ll bring up a sort of notification bar, featuring recent apps, missed calls and texts and other activities. When you bring up the Nokia store, it’ll show recommended apps, and Elop also showed Aero Express, a Russian-flavored app that he pulled down from the Yandex store. As for pricing, both the X and X+ will be available immediately and run 89 euros and 99 euros, respectively.

Well, Stephen Elop is just full of surprises today. On top of the two Android devices just launched, the Nokia X and the Nokia X+, we now have the Nokia XL, a bigger 5-inch Android device. It’ll have a WVGA IPS screen, a 2-megapixel front camera and an LED flash, but we don’t know any of the other specs so far. What we do know is the price: it’ll cost a mere 109 euros, in keeping with the intended emerging markets. As with the X and X+, there will be no Google services or Play store, so you’ll have to access apps through Nokia’s store and other third-party Android markets.

Nokia’s Android phone “Normandy” purportedly leaked sporting custom UI and dual-SIMs!

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We have already heard about Nokia’s rumored Normandy budget phone, but now, new details of the yet-to-be-announced first Nokia Android device has been revealed in new leak.Phone tipster, @evleaks after earlier claiming that reports suggesting that the Nokia Normandy will not see the light of day were incorrect, has now shared fresh leaked images of the device.

The leaked images purportedly reveal the alleged Nokia Normandy with a completely custom Android interface. The UI looks reminiscent of the software on Nokia’s budget Asha line-up, though it’s obviously Android underneath. Notably, an earlier report had suggested that Nokia, following the lead of Amazon, has been working on a fully-tailored or forked version of Android. Further, the report claimed that the alleged Nokia Normandy smartphone has been targeted at the low-cost segment as an Asha-equivalent smartphone, but with access to more traditional smartphone apps – a benefit that the report suggested had been missing in Nokia’s dated Series 40-based Asha phones.

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The leaked Normandy images also show dual-SIM support, lock screen notifications, an on-going call screen (that could be the dialer app, but looks very similar to popular messaging app Viber) and a log-in screen for Microsoft’s Skype.

The tweet by @evleaks reads, ” Android on Nokia ( -virtual buttons)” and includes the purported image of the device. The tweet hints that Nokia’s forked Android version might not feature any on-screen navigation keys.

It is yet-to-be-seen if Nokia can release its rumored Android phone ahead of the completion of the Microsoft deal. Especially considering that after signing the pact, Nokia can neither license the ‘Nokia’ brand for use in connection with mobile device sales nor use the brand on its own mobile devices for a specific period.

Prior to this, Nokia’s alleged Normandy was leaked in a render showing the device in various color variants.(Picture Above)