Developers in India get Nokia X to work on the library of Android apps
Nokia is sending units of Nokia X to developers in India
The beginning of the week will not be the same if there is no leak or rumor about the upcoming Nokia X (aka Nokia Normandy). The entry-level model runs on Android and it is expected to be announced as part of the Asha line. The new rumor reveals that Nokia is sending units of the Nokia X to developers in India. This is an important stage of the developing of the smartphone, because Nokia needs to create a rich library of Android apps.
Even though the phone will be working on a customized version of the Google’s platform, it will not provide an access to the Google Play Store. This means that Nokia must work real hard to provide a rich diversity of applications if it wants to make the Nokia X capable to compete against the rest of the Android-running handsets. Rumors say that the new model will arrive with Nokia HERE Maps pre-installed on it and it will support Bing and Skype, two of the most famous Microsoft’s apps. Nokia is already working on its own app store which has the codename AoL (Asha on Limux).
The company is in a process of negotiating for some of the most Android apps in Google Play Store to be available in the AoL store as well.
Nokia X is an entry-level device that will be offered at very low price. Recently the model was spotted in several leaks. In one of them it was rumored to cost around INR 6500 (€80). There is a big chance that the official debut of Nokia X will happen at MWC in Barcelona after one week from now. The release of the model is expected for April. The specs and the capabilities of the handset make the hint that it will be launched internationally with a focus on the emerging markets.