The day is finally here — Nokia just took the wraps off of the Nokia X, the frequently leaked Android smartphone that previously existed under the code name Normandy. The X has a 4-inch display and supports AOSP Android applications, meaning you don’t have access to Google Play services, but you can still sideload applications.
The homescreen looks like Windows Phone, complete with tiles, and we can see the Microsoft play here: there are pre-installed apps such as OneDrive, Skype, Outlook and others. Nokia also pre-installs Mix Radio and BBM. Nokia’s app store has other popular apps from partners such as Electronic Arts. Like on Asha devices, there’s a “Fast Lane” feature for accessing your most used apps and to control them.
The Nokia X launches immediately and will soon be available around the globe. Microsoft said its plan to to win the next 1 billion people over to Microsoft’s services, such as Skype, OneDrive and other services, at a low price point but with Android instead of Windows Phone.