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Nokia to use Android operating system of Google

Feb 25, 2014 18:25 IST

Nokia announced to launch new series of handset with the use of Android on 25 February 2014. Nokia will switch to Smartphone that use Google’s Android operating system rather than the Windows Phone software from Microsoft.

For the first-time Smartphone experience, Nokia Corp. is pushing the Nokia X. New series will use Android OS, and will be able to run most Android apps. However, app developers may have to tweak some of their software because the phone doesn't have key Google services.

imageFor instance, location services will have to be designed for Nokia's Here Mapping software rather than Google Maps. In-app payments will have to be tweaked to allow billing through mobile carriers rather than credit cards, which many people in emerging markets lack.

Nokia is trying to lure those who might have been drawn to multitude of apps available on Android. The selection on Windows Phone devices is far more limited. Instead of having them hooked on Google services through Android. Nokia could steer them to Microsoft services with a customized Android system.

Both the Asha and the Nokia X will have a feature called Fast lane. It remembers your favorite apps and services and offers quick access, along with recent notifications, on a single screen that is one swipe away from the home screen.

About Android Operating System

Android is a Linux-based mobile phone operating system developed by Google. Android was unveiled in 2007 along with the founding of the Open Handset Alliance—a consortium of hardware, software, and telecommunication companies devoted to advancing open standards for mobile devices.

imageAndroid is unique because Google is actively developing the platform but giving it away for free to hardware manufacturers and phone carriers who want to use Android on their devices.

A modified version of Android is used in the Google TV, the Barnes & Noble Nook reader, the Samsung Galaxy Tab, and countless other devices. Parrot makes both a digital photo frame and a car stereo system powered by modified versions of Android.

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