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#MWC14: Nokia X Smartphones, Nokia 220 & Asha 230

Besides launching the new Nokia X platform, handset maker Nokia also announced five new handsets, three of which run on the new platform. But is Nokia too late or will it be able to regain its previous dominant position? Only time will tell. (Also read: Nokia X Developer Initiatives, New Lumia Apps & Imaging SDK) Nokia X Smartphones Nokia announced three new Nokia X based smartphones - Nokia X, Nokia X+ and Nokia XL. The interface is inspired by its Asha platform and offers a dual homescreen mode -  a tile-based interface taken from its Lumia smartphones and a Fastlane view which displays your recent apps, photos, Facebook updates and others, based on your usage. What's interesting here is unlike other Android smartphones which follow a three-button design, Nokia X follows a single back button design with no dedicated buttons for home or multitasking. This is quite similar to what we saw on Nokia Asha 501 and Asha 502. Since Nokia has stripped all Google services from the platform, there is no Google Play app store. Nokia is countering this by offering its own app stores along with access to more than a dozen third-party app stores and allowing app installation through sideloading. Nokia informed that it has also inked quite a few tie-ups to offer most of the popular apps on Nokia X platform. However, this is probably not the best approach since multiple app stores can be confusing and sideloading can be quite risky depending on where users are getting the application files. On the software front, Nokia…

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