Nokia unveils X2 with Android - but not as we know it

24/06/2014

Nokia Unveils X2 With Android   But Not As We Know It

Nokia has lifted the lid on its second Android handset, but the device will not look quite as Google operating system fans are used to.

The smartphone company teased earlier this week that it would be releasing a new phone this week, with a green invite on its company blog suggesting to many that it was going to be bringing a brand new Android device to the table. 

And the release of the Nokia X2 now comes just six months after it first released the predecessor, the Nokia X earlier this year. Surprisingly, the launch of the X2 comes just weeks after the company said it was going to be releasing phones under the brand of Windows - thanks to its pairing with Microsoft - rather than Nokia.

So is this a new age for the firm? Are we now going to see Android phones continue to be released under the Nokia name, while its Windows variants are launched as Windows phones? 

Only time will tell, but what we do know for now is that the Nokia X2 is quite a step up in terms of specs from its predecessor. 

The device packs a 4.3 inch display, as well as 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon 200 processor, 1GB of RAM, 5MP rear camera and a 1800mAh battery.

In terms of design, the phone looks similar externally to the Nokia X, but it has now been given a sleek makeover with regards to its back panels. The traditional bright colours associated with Nokia's Lumia range has been rejuvenated with a translucent design. 

The biggest news though, is the way that Nokia has used Android for the device. While the core OS will be the Google-owned software, Nokia has tweaked and changed it so that the handset has a very much Windows-inspired theme, with the tiles prevalent in the latter a large feature.

One negative is that although Android users will have access to apps native to the OS, they will have to use a third-party site to download them, as the phone will not have any access to Google Play.