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Nokia X rooted with Google Apps – XDA does it again

Nokia X rooted with Google Apps – XDA does it again

The recently concluded Mobile World Congress was full of surprises with the biggest one coming in from Nokia with the announcement of their very first devices based on the core Android architecture, the Nokia X, Nokia X+ and Nokia XL. The Finnish cellular giants had for long kept their distance from Google’s platform which has taken over the world by storm and is still continuing to do so as we speak. With that said, even though the new devices are developed using the Android platform, they tend to be somewhat different from you usually tend to see in your other Android devices. On the day of its launch, Nokia specifically mentioned that that both the devices would be having their own customized features and would also be supporting third party stores with no mention of Google Play in any of the discussions which technically meant that there would be no access to any of the Google Apps (G-Apps) like Google Now, Google Maps, Google Now Launcher, most importantly the Google Play Store. Now here’s the best part. No matter how hard you try concealing from the world, at the end of the day the device is actually running on Android isn’t it…which clearly means that even if anybody says its not possible to this or that…..we all know that eventually there is going to be a solution to everything. On that note, one of our friends at XDA Developers was able to run an old and well known exploit (Gandalf) to obtain root on the Nokia X. After that, he simply installed a file system explorer that can read system partitions, such as Root Explorer, and manually pushed all of the standard Google applications on to Nokia X’s system directory. Sounds pretty simple doesn’t it? So there you have it guys, you must have heard of an old saying that goes something like this. “where there is a will..there is a way” and in this case there are a lot of things we can (and will) do once the devices start rolling out in a few months. This is probably one of the main reasons why we just can’t seem to get over our favorite little green robot can we?...

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Nokia Launches Nokia X, Nokia X+ and Nokia XL at MWC 2014

Nokia Launches Nokia X, Nokia X+ and Nokia XL at MWC 2014

Nokia at the Mobile World Congress was expected to launch its first ever Android smartphone, Well they did launch the device, but to every-bodies shock, they launched not one but two other devices with it. So, the three devices Nokia launched are Nokia X , Nokia X+ and Nokia XL. Even though these are android based smart phones, they do not look like android smartphones at all! It looks more like a mixture of the Asha software platform and the tile layout of a Lumia Windows phone.  Nokia calls this new OS the Nokia X 1.o UI. Nokia X We had heard a lot of rumors for the Nokia X’s specifications and more or less all turned out to be true. 4-inch 800 x 480 IPS Display 1 Ghz Dual Core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Processor 512MB of RAM 4GB internal memory 3 MegaPixel Camera 1500 mAh battery Upto 32GB microSD Card support Dual-Sim Nokia X 1.0 UI The smartphone will be coming in 6 bright colors, which Nokia have now become famous for. The colors include Red, Yellow, Black, White, Blue and Green. Nokia X+ The Nokia X+ though is exactly like the Nokia X only difference is the RAM form 512MB in the original, they have increased it to 768MB. Also they are giving a 4GB microSD card with the device.The Nokia X+ will also come in all the colors of the original device. Nokia XL The Nokia XL has some noticeable changes compared to the Nokia X. The full list of specs include: 5-inch 800 x 480 IPS Display 768MB of RAM 4GB internal memory 5 MegaPixel Camera, 2MP Front Camera 2000 mAh battery Upto 32GB microSD Card support Nokia X 1.0 UI Dual-Sim The Nokia XL will come in six colors as well, though the colors are not as bright as its other two bothers have. Nokia though with the Nokia XL have introduced a new color in their family, Orange! The smartphones as expected do not support Google Play and you have to use Nokia’s own app store to get all the apps you desire, with some exclusive apps by Nokia and Microsoft. The Nokia X family devices will come in built with apps like Here maps, Mix radio and Microsoft apps such as Skype, One Drive and Outlook.com. Not only these but also with third party apps such as Vine , BBM Messenger and our favorite game Plants vs Zombies 2. The devices will cost you €89, €99 and €109 which is a reasonable price for the...

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Nokia Lumia 1320 and 1520 phablets now available in Pakistan

Nokia Lumia 1320 and 1520 phablets now available in Pakistan

We all know the impact that Phablets seem to be having these days with every other OEM coming up with their own variants in abundance. Nokia have also recently entered the Phablet market with its two new entrants that accompany the long list of the impressive Lumia range of Windows based smartphones. On that note, Nokia Pakistan recently launched the new Nokia Lumia 1520 and Nokia Lumia 1320, which are a marvel in imaging technology and brings the colorful Lumia experience on six-inch large displays. The launch of the Lumia phablets was coupled with the announcement of a unique reality show on the theme of traveling named Kuch Kar Dikha, where Nokia takes viewers on an exhilarating journey to witness the scenic beauty of Pakistan and put the natural splendor at the forefront. The Nokia Lumia 1520 offers the latest imaging innovation from Nokia – a 20-megapixel PureView camera with optical image stabilization (OIS) enabling sharp images even in the dark as well as oversampling and zooming technology similar to the Nokia Lumia 1020. In addition to the new Nokia Camera, the Nokia Lumia 1520 offers a 6-inch screen and a vivid 1080p full HD display for outstanding outdoor readability. People can bring their videos to life with Nokia Rich Recording, an unparalleled audio capture using four built-in microphones. With Microsoft Office built in, documents can be edited and shared easily for maximum productivity. The Nokia Lumia 1520 will be available in yellow, white, black and glossy red. Another impact offering is the new Nokia Lumia 1320 which sports a six-inch display, 5-megapixel camera and a 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon™ S4 processor. It comes in stunning colours which are a signature feature of the Nokia Lumia range and extends the Nokia Camera app to another price range. The Nokia Lumia 1320 will be available in orange, yellow, white, and black. Speaking on the occasion, Arif Shafique, Country General Manager, Nokia Pakistan said, “Nokia Pakistan believes in bringing innovative devices in fun filled exciting packages. This time around, we have truly taken innovation and excitement to another level. We are introducing the new Nokia Lumia 1520 and Nokia Lumia 1320, which are used to capture moments from the travel show Kuch Kar Dikha. This is our way of introducing our devices in a unique mixture of adventure and thrill”. At the launch of these amazing new devices, Nokia Pakistan also announced a thrilling expedition in the form of a travel show named Kuch Kar Dikha. The show depicts an epic journey of youngsters from different walks of life to savour the scenic beauty of Pakistan. The show takes its viewers across landmarks which offer a...

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Nokia and HTC finally come to terms on LTE patents; ending months of fighting

Nokia and HTC finally come to terms on LTE patents; ending months of fighting

After months of relentless fighting and legal battles, it seems like the (never ending) patent wars between Nokia and HTC are finally coming to a halt. In a recent turn of events, the Finnish cellular giants have agreed to sign a new “technology and collaboration agreement” with HTC. According to a press release by Nokia, both companies have mutually agreed upon HTC’s LTE patent portfolio along with a few other patents that had initially started the war between two of the world’s leading cell phone giants. Even though there was no mention of an official fees being paid by the Taiwanese company to its Finnish counterpart but what we do know is that they finally had to withdraw from the fight for a number of reasons that need to remain confidential.Here’s what HTC had to say in their official press release; “As an industry pioneer in smartphones with a strong patent portfolio, HTC is pleased to come to this agreement, which will enable us to stay focused on innovation for consumers.” After witnessing the long running feud between Samsung and Apple, its a good sign to see Nokia and HTC to finally call it a day between the two as far as the patent wars are concerned and just go along with their own respective ideas and innovations for shaping and changing the...

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Unofficial specs of Nokia’s first Android device code named “Normandy Nokia X” unveiled

Unofficial specs of Nokia’s first Android device code named “Normandy Nokia X” unveiled

Its been almost a month since the rumors regarding Nokia’s first Android device code-named the Nokia Normandy (also known as the Nokia X) emerged that raised quite a few eyebrows mostly due to the fact that Nokia through out the years has been keeping their distance when it comes to adopting Android for their devices but now it seems that the tides might be about to get turned sooner rather than later. According to a few reports coming in from various sources, the Finnish cellular giants could very well be unveiling one of their most awaited devices as early as February 24th. As mentioned earlier, the device is expected to fall under the “budget phone” category which means that you probably would not have to burn a large hole in your wallets if you are planning on grabbing one. Here are some of the rumored specs that have just surfaced: 1GHz Dual Core Snapdragon processor 4-inch WVGA display (480 x 800) 512MB of RAM 4GB of internal storage w/ microSD 5 megapixel camera 1,500mAh battery dual-SIM option   The device is expected to launch in 6 eye candy colors, one of Nokia’s main attractions when it comes to their range of trendy looking smartphones of the last few years. Even though these are still just rumors, we have a strong feeling that the device might just be on its way in the upcoming weeks. Will keep you guys posted once the news gets official so till then do stick around for more...

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Nokia in Partnership with Telenor Pakistan announces new range of Nokia Asha 500, 502 and 503 budget phones

Nokia in Partnership with Telenor Pakistan announces new range of Nokia Asha 500, 502 and 503 budget phones

The Nokia Asha series since the last year or so have been in the limelight not only for their trendy designs and funky colors but also due to the fact that it gives people certain options to buy a good budget phone without burning a big hole in their wallets. With that said, Nokia has recently come up with their latest range of Asha devices that got launched in Pakistan today. Nokia Pakistan in affiliation with Norwegian based cellular company Telenor have announced the launch of the new Nokia Asha 500, 502 and 503 available for purchase in Pakistan with 6 months free Telenor Talkshawk Internet. The new phones extend the boundaries of affordable smartphone experience with their innovative Fastlane home screen, attractive new design and a deeper integration with social networks. The new Asha series is a technological marvel coupled with the outstanding manufacturing quality of Nokia and an extended battery life. Commenting on the new Nokia Asha range, Arif Shafique, country general manager, Nokia Pakistan said: “With the expansion of the Nokia Asha family, we bring three exciting smartphones for our consumers to suit their budget needs. The new Asha series has a stunning new design, a plethora of social networking apps and enhanced imaging quality. This way, millions of consumers across different price points will get access to smartphone technology”. Irfan Wahab Khan, chief marketing officer, Telenor Pakistan said on the occasion: “This is yet another example of the successful collaboration between Telenor Pakistan and Nokia. Introducing high-quality yet affordable smartphones with a very user-friendly social experience is in line with Telenor Pakistan’s ‘Internet for all’ strategy. We believe in bringing the internet experience to the masses of Pakistan, and Telenor’s free 6 months’ internet offering with these new Asha devices is aimed at encouraging people to utilize the true benefits of internet”. With the launch of the latest range of Asha smartphones, Nokia introduces the unique ‘dual shot’ design which combines an inner layer of bold, bright coloured shell surrounded by an outer layer of crystal-clear transparency. This distinctive combination enhances the durability of the device and surely makes the smartphone user stand out of the crowd. The high-end design brought to this price point is a clear difference maker, as are the craftsmanship and attention to detail. The Asha 500 offers a 2.8-inch screen, a 2-megapixel camera and 2G telephony while the Asha 502 comes with a 3-inch screen, and a 5-megapixel camera with flash. At the top of the current family is the Asha 503, which has a 3-inch screen made from curved Gorilla Glass, a 5-megapixel camera with flash, and 3.5G speeds. The Asha 500 and 503...

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