Word has it from the land of Hungary that the Nokia X, also known as the Nokia Normandy (which is the first Android-powered device from the folks over at Nokia), has already passed its testing phase with flying colors and is currently in production over at Nokia’s factory which is located in the city of Komárom, Hungary. The source has also “confirmed” that this Android-powered device which closely resembles the Windows Phone siblings will not arrive with support for Google’s Play Services and Play Store. Needless to say, there is still the option to perform side-loading, unless both Nokia and Microsoft actually go out of their way to play nice with Android.
Just what is side-loading, some of you may ask? In the context of the Android ecosystem, we are looking at the installation of an application package in APK format onto an Android device. These packages tend to be downloaded from independent websites apart from Google Play, and the ability to side-load apps is made possible only when the user opts to enable “Unknown Sources” to run apps under the operating system’s Security Settings. We have seen our fair share of leaks about the Nokia X aka Nokia Normandy for quite some time now, which would have led to plenty of interest by some parties, this I am sure.