Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 10th Feb 2014 23:28 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

Nokia plans to release this month a smartphone that runs a version of Google's Android mobile software, according to people familiar with the matter, as it concludes the sale of its handset business to Microsoft.

It's all but confirmed now that the Nokia X Android phone will actually be released. Number one question: will this be Nokia's next N9 (dead on arrival, released because it's done anyway), or will it be a true attempt by Nokia - and thus Microsoft - to establish a lasting replacement for Asha?

Second question: how successful can a Play Services-less Android phone really be?

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Comment by twitterfire
by twitterfire on Tue 11th Feb 2014 07:34 UTC
twitterfire
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2008-09-11

An Android phone without Android apps? Sure, it sounds it will sell like hot cakes.

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RE: Comment by twitterfire
by unclefester on Tue 11th Feb 2014 09:00 in reply to "Comment by twitterfire"
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2007-01-13

An Android phone without Android apps? Sure, it sounds it will sell like hot cakes.


70% of the Android phones sold in China don't use the Google App Store.

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RE: Comment by twitterfire
by Morgan on Tue 11th Feb 2014 20:07 in reply to "Comment by twitterfire"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

I bought a Kindle Fire HDX specifically because it is Android without Google Play Services. I think Android is a great phone and tablet OS (though I prefer Windows Phone for the former), however I have no need for Google's own apps, as I've all but completely severed my ties with them. The few apps that I paid for via Play, that either aren't available from Amazon or would have to be repurchased, I simply backed up and sideloaded onto the Kindle. That's one of the great strengths of Android: A person really does "own" their purchased apps in the sense that they can back up and transfer between devices (with very few hardware-limited exceptions, mostly Tegra exclusive games in my experience).

To be perfectly honest, I'd buy an Amazon Kindle-based phone in a heartbeat if one were ever offered. A Nokia running Android, sans Google, certainly is appealing to me as well.

Of course, I'm in the extreme minority; most people who use Android either use it because of Google's offerings or, at the very least, enjoy those offerings as a bonus.

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