Nokia’s Android phone and other thoughts

Nokia finally is releasing phones with a fork of Android in them. Based on the details from their blog there will be a Nokia X, Nokia X+ and Nokia XL. Below are the specs grabbed from the same link too.

Check the Specs

  Nokia X Nokia X+ Nokia XL
Screen 4-inch LCD, 800 x 480px 4-inch LCD, 800 x 480px 5-inch LCD, 800 x 480px
RAM 512MB 768MB 768MB
Storage Up to 32GB
MicroSD
Up to 32GB
MicroSD; 4GB card included
Up to 32GB
MicroSD; 4GB card included
Rear camera 3-megapixel fixed focus 3-megapixel fixed focus 5-megapixel with autofocus and flash
Front camera 2-megapixel
Processor 8225 Qualcomm Snapdragon1GHz Dual Core 8225 Qualcomm Snapdragon1GHz Dual Core 8225 Qualcomm Snapdragon1GHz Dual Core
Networks ESGM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900WCDMA 900 / 2100 ESGM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900WCDMA 900 / 2100 ESGM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900WCDMA 900 / 2100
Dimensions 115.5 x 63 x 10.4mm 115.5 x 63 x 10.4mm 141.3 x 77.7 x 10.8mm
Weight 128.66g 128.66g 190g
Standby time 2G = Up to 28.5 days3G = Up to 22 days 2G = Up to 28.5 days3G = Up to 22 days 2G = Up to 41 days3G = Up to 26 days
Talk time 2G = Up to 13.3 hours3G = Up to 10.5 hours 2G = Up to 13.3 hours3G = Up to 10.5 hours 2G = Up to 16 hours3G = Up to 13

Nokia became so complacent with their brand name and thought a partnership with Microsoft is all they need to get stronger. They failed to see the marketability of using Android on their phones. Nokia was 4 years too late. If 4 years ago they have thought of using Android and made the experimentation below 2 years then they would not have lost too much market share to those brands who decided to use Android like Samsung, LG, HTC and others. The majority of the consumer has one priority – getting the bang-for-the-buck. After that you get the fanboys and fangirls and then those who like to be different (the people who like to deviate from the bandwagon).

Because Google initially introduced Android in Open Source format it developed a strong community of developers and users.  The applications and games based (free and commercial) on Android grew well and helped Android enhance the  PDA (personal digital assistant) experience it offers. Did I mention the games? I have to mention that again because games is what makes any operating system popular. Everyone has a kid inside of us. The kid who gets bored or just wants entertainment. And games are entertaining. Turn that game into something pocket-able and you have something that would be profitable (sorry, I couldn’t help with the rhyme :D).

The Chinese manufacturer saw this in Android and being the natural businessmen that they are thought of it as a good way to bundle into their phones. Think volume sales by OEM branding (ie, Cherry Mobile, MyPhone, etc) and viola you make Android more popular and then eventually in demand. You see when a market gets quite a supply on a particular product it becomes hard to ignore it. Sony, HTC, LG and Samsung saw this happening and lucky for them they decided to consider the Android experience and adopt. Just not Nokia who allowed themselves to be tied with Microsoft. However with these X-series hopefully they correct the damage they did a long time ago or else they might just become like Blackberry who just recently announced a 64% drop in revenue. Ouch!

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