[Contest]Good at Speed Reading? Nokia is giving 3 Nokia X if you Win #SpotTheX

Nokia X promotion – Nokia is running a contest on Twitter – where you get the chance to win a Nokia X phone and Nokia Gear. All you have to do is to watch the following video and see if you can spot the answer. In the list of apps which run on Nokia X, they have repeated One of the apps twice. If you are quick enough in reading, you should be able to spot it.

Found the app? Then just tweet the name of the App along with the hashtag #SpotTheX and you’ve earned your entry into the contest. Nokia will pick up 3 winners and announce them on April 18th. What are you waiting for? Let’s get going:

Contest Details and Terms

Nokia X Launched in India for Rs. 8599

Yesterday, Nokia launched their first Android powered phone, the Nokia X in India. The phones on sale already in the major cities in India priced at Rs. 8599. We covered the basic specs of the phone in our previous write-up about the Nokia X phones and platform. The bigger brothers of the phone the Nokia X+ and XL will be launched in India over the next 60 days.

To recap-here are the specs for the device:

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Operating System, Nokia X Software Platform (based on Android 4.1.2)

Dimension, 115.5 x 63 x 10.4mm

Weight, 128.66g

Camera, 3MP Fixed Focus Rear Camera: No Front Facing Camera

Display, LCD WVGA (800 x 480 pixels) capacitive touch 4” display

Processor, 1Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual core Processor

Memory & Storage, 512MB RAM + 4GB Storage

Battery, 1500MAH battery with 10.3 hour talk time on 3G and standby time on 3G of up to 22 days

Colors, “Green, Red, Cyan, Yellow, Black and White”

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Here are a few more points about the Nokia X which we didn’t cover in our previous writeup

  • For the launch, Nokia has an offer where you get 10GB of space on Microsoft’s One Drive.

  • Nokia is looking at the Nokia X platform not to be a true Android experience, but defines it as  Nokia  Experiences + Microsoft Services.

  • Nokia is looking at The Nokia X range of phones to be a bridge between their Asha Range of Phones and the Lumia range. Since the Nokia X comes with the Microsoft services bundled, Nokia is looking at the Nokia X phones to be the starting point for users who’d later graduate to the higher priced Lumia range of devices

  • As we said earlier, Google Play is not available on the Nokia X, but you can get your apps from the Nokia Store, or any of the other third party app stores like Amazon Apps, Yandex, Mobango or more. In fact, if you don’t find an app on the Nokia Store, they’ll give you suggestions on where you can get that app from

  • There are quite a few preloaded apps and games on the phone, some of which include – Vine, BBM Messenger, Skype, Facebook, Monopoly, Fruit Ninja, Viber, SimCity and more.

If you are looking for the best price for the Nokia X online, check out MySmartPrice.com.

All You Need to Know about the Nokia X Phones and Platform

Just a few days back, Nokia announced their  foray into building Android phones, with the announcement of the Nokia X family of phones. They launched the Nokia X, X+ and XL which range in cost from €89 (≈ Rs. 7600) to €109 (≈ Rs. 9300).

Nokia X Platform

Xtraordinarily_xcellent__the_Nokia_X_family_-_Nokia_ConversationsThese devices run on a forked version of Android Jellybean 4.1.2. Even though this phone runs on Android, it’s not Google certified, which means that you won’t get any of the services from Google, including the Play Store. Instead Nokia provides their own App Store to get your apps, and they integrate with Microsoft’s services to get you going. This is not a surprising move, considering that Nokia is in the process of merging with Microsoft.

Even the interface of the phone resembles a mashup between Windows Phone and Nokia’s Asha. The home screen contains tiled icons similar to Windows Phones and the Nokia X also has a Fast Lane interface like Asha has.

But why a mashup of Android, Nokia and Microsoft services?

One of the reasons could be that the Windows Phone platform is still lacking a lot of apps which are available for Android, Nokia can now release a low-end phone which can run most apps which people expect to run on a phone.

The other reason could be because the Windows Phone eco-system requires manufacturers to adhere to some standards while building the phone. This prevents the cost of the phone from going lower than it is currently. It’s only last week that Microsoft announced that the next version of Windows Phone allows lower spec devices to join the Windows Phone family.

There were also rumors floating around Microsoft was planning on providing Android app compatilibity in their next version of Windows Phones. This ties in well with the Nokia X platform.

Why forgo Google Services? Nokia & Microsoft still want people to upgrade to their premium Lumia or other Windows Phones. Giving users an Android phone which integrates Microsoft Servies could reduce the upgrade friction and at the same time pulls bring new users to the Microsoft services fold.

Nokia X Phone Family Specs

The three devices are powered by Qualcomm MSM8225 Snapdragon S4 Play chipset. Nokia X and X+ dont have a front facing camera, while the XL comes with one. X & XL+ feature a 4 inch IPS LED screen, while the XL comes with a bigger 5 inch screen. The phones are Dual-SIM devices (with Single SIM models in some regions).

Here’s a table showing the specs of the the devices:

via Nokia Conversations
via Nokia Conversations

Apps

Nokia X comes with Nokia’s services like Here Maps and Mix Radio, and also features Microsoft services like OneDrive and Skype.

Nokia X also comes with a range of third-party apps preinstalled like BBM, Plants vs. Zombies 2, Viber, Vine and Twitter. You also get the Swiftkey Keyboard for free. You can find more apps from the Nokia Store or from third-party stores like Amazon App Store, GetJar, Slide Me and more. If you have the  apk files for apps handy, you can side load those as well.

Not all apps from the Google Play store will work on Nokia X, especially ones which integrate with Google APIs to work. Nokia estimates that around 75% of the apps on the Play Store should work on this platform and that most of the remaining ones would require minor modifications to run on the Nokia X devices.

Nokia X Platform for developers

Apps which require Maps, Notifications and in-app purchases are the those which won’t work straight from the Google Play store. Apps which don’t use these features should work without any change and the developers can upload the apk files directly to the Nokia Store.

For these developers will have to port to use Nokia services via the Nokia X Platform SDK. The Nokia X platform provides alternates to like Here Maps, Nokia Notifications and Nokia in-app payments for apps to use these features. When developers complete porting apps over to this platform,  they can Nokia’s Remote Device Access service to test the app out on actual handsets.

Nokia also offers a tool for developers to check for App compatibility. All the developer (or a power user) has to do is to head to the Nokia X App Compatilbity page and upload the application’s apk file, and the tool tells you whether the app will work on Nokia X devices.

Nokia X Video