[GUIDE] Nokia X Rooted and Loaded with Google Apps, Play Store, and Google Now Launcher!

Just a few days ago, we showed you a quick glimpse of what “real” Android looks like on the Nokia X. Unfortunately, this was only a standard replacement launcher, leaving many of us salivating at the prospect of having a Nokia X with full access to Google Apps and Services. Now thanks to a guide by XDA Senior Member Kashamalaga, that time has come.

Kashamalaga’s guide is quite simple. First, you acquire root access using the Galdalf Exploit in Framaroot. From there, you install a root-capable file manager. Then, you copy a Nokia X-specific Gapps package by Kashamalaga to your /system/app folder, and give it the appropriate permissions. After a reboot and a few more application installs, you are then able to access the Google Play Store, various Google Apps, and the Google Experience Launcher:

This is a rudimental way to do it. This happen because we dont have recovery yet. Bootloader seems locked in some ways, so instead flashing a single zip, we need this way to get it working.

1) You should need a rooted device. Use Gandalf Exploit included in Framaroot app.
(Download it from http://forum.xda-developers.com/atta...1&d=1391850491)

2) We need a Root explorer app, use whatever you want. (For example: https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...explorer&hl=es)

3) Extract and copy all apks from "NokiaX_Gapps_KashaMalaga_28.02.2014.zip" to /system/app and change permisions for this files.

4) Reboot your device

5)Extract and install as normal user every single needed apk include in "NokiaX_SomeGoogleApps.zip". (If wanna use Google Now Launcher, open it after install it)

6) Try to launch Play Store, its gonna ask you for a Google Account

7) Enjoy the Android flavour on your Nokia!

More info and screenshots: XDA-developers


Google scheduled an event for Project ARA

The Conference will take place between April 15 and April 16 in Mountain View, California.

 Project Ara is the modular phone that was originally a project being handled by Motorola, but was kept by Google as part of the Motorola purchase by Lenovo. The conference will be held the same month that Google releases the Ara Module Developers’ Kit

There is also some more information about Google's desires for Project Ara have come out. For example, Google wants the entry level unit priced no higher than $50. For that price, buyers would get a touchscreen, Wi-Fi radio, and the circuitry to run both. Google plans on opening kiosks where Ara owners can purchase additional parts to snap in to their phone, allowing an Ara owner to go from low-end, to mid-range and perhaps even high-end model, with a few key component additions.

More info, photos and a quick video you can find on: Techland.time


HTC unveils Desire 816 & Desire 610 [MWC 2014]

HTC decided not to announce the flagship phone - M8 at MWC 2014, but still they combined the HTC ONE's specs in a new design, and announced 2 new mid-range smartphones.

HTC Desire 816 Specs:

  • 5.5-inches with a decent 720x1280 HD resolution (267 ppi)
  • 1.6GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
  • 1.5GB of RAM + 8GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot option 

Samsung Galaxy S5 finally goes official!

One of the highest-caliber debuts at this year’s MWC, the Galaxy S5 was just unveiled at the Unpacked 5 event. The flagship opens a new chapter in Samsung's design – the back is still leather-like, but with a brand new look.

Samsung introduces a brand new design paradigm with the S5 - one that still uses plastic as the basis material, but flaunts a perforated rear pattern, that is quite different than the "stitched leather" looks of the Note 3, or the PRO tablet line of Samsung.

ZTE announces a new phablet: Grand Memo II

The chinese company, ZTE took the wraps off of the Grand Memo II LTE at MWC 2014. This is the company's latest ultra large ndroid smartphone, coming as a successor to last year's 5.7-inch Grand Memo
The specs for this monster are:
  • 6-inch IPS HD (720 x 1280) screen that covers 80% of its front 
  • The new device has a “textured back”, measures 161.5 x 83 x 7.2mm

Nokia XL announced: bigger and better than Nokia X

After months of restless speculation, Nokia has finally done it: The Nokia X line of Android-powered devices is now a tangible reality. The Nokia XL, in particular, is the priciest member of the X family, but the price is justified with better specs. 
So, the improved specs are:
  • 5-inch device, IPS LCD panel, at 480x800 pixels with 187 pixels per inch
  • 1GHz dual-core Snapdragon 400 chip from Qualcomm

Intel announces 64-bit Atom processors at MWC 2014

After MediaTek and Qualcomm, Intel unveiled it's own LTE-ready, 64-bit Atom processors

The first new Intel CPU, Atom Z3480 (codenamed Merrifield), comes with two 2.13GHz cores, is based on Intel's 22nm Silvermont microarchitecture, and uses a PowerVR Series 6 Graphics IP core from Imagination Technologies.

Nokia X announced today, Android on board, no Google Play though!

It’s finally happened: the Nokia X, the first Nokia Android smartphone is here for all the devoted fans of Nokia. It is not just one smartphone, though, the Nokia X kicks off a new family of devices for the Finnish company that will be more affordable than its primary Lumia Windows Phone series.

The primary specs for the Nokia X are:

[MWC 2014] Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet goes official

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet is also an improvement version of the Tablet Z announced last year. Just like the Xperia Tablet Z, the Xperia Z2 Tablet is water and dust resistant, with scratch-proof glass panels.
The Xperia Z2 Tablet packs some incredible specs: 
  • 10.1" Full HD (1920 x 1200px) display employing Sony's latest display technologies - Triluminos display with Live Color LED plus X-Reality mobile picture engine.
  • Snapdragon 800 chipset, Krait 400 cores clocked at 2.3GHz, 

[Updated] Sony Xperia Z2 goes official!

After just 6 months of the announcement of Xperia Z1, Sony strikes again with the improved version of their flagship, how much improved?  You can see below the image:

Well, the newest Z2 packs a 5.2" 1080p Triluminos display, with a new imaging technology, dubbed Live Colour LED. (+)

Sony unveils the mid-range Xperia M2

Sony's newest mid-range smartphone is the succesor of the Xperia M and brings specs that aren't shinning that well.
Sony Xperia M2's specs are:

  • 4.8" TFT display with 540x960 pixels resolution
  • Snapdragon 400 chipset
  • quad-core 1.2GHz Cortex-A7 processor

Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 801 (MWC 2014)

Qualcomm just unveiled its new powerful chipset, Snapdragon 801, which seems to occupy a place between last year's finest - Snapdragon 800 - and the yet unreleased Snapdragon 805.

In comparison with the Snapdragon 800, the new 801 comes with:

  • 14% faster Krait 400 processor cores 
  • 28% faster Adreno 330 graphics


Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ announced

The Lenovo Tablet HD+ is an improved version of the original Yoga Tablet. The tablet has three unique modes: hold mode for reading, stand mode for viewing and tilt mode for gaming - combined with 18 hours if battery life, a Full HD display, Dolby Audio system and Qualcomm Processor.
The tablet's specs are:
  • 10,1" Full HD wide view display
  • 1.35lb weight and 3-8.1 thickness

MediaTek unveils it's first 64-bit chipset with fast charging & updated GPU

Before Samsung's Exynos processor on 64-bit is announced officialy, Mediatek took the stage with the MT6732 chipset with LTE and some great specs.

The chipset's features include:

  • 1.5GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A53
  • the newest Mali-T670 GPU

Huawei announced MediaPad X1, Ascend G6 & TalkBand B1

It appears that LG isn't the only one who can't wait for the beginning of the MWC 2014, Huawei announced today a brilliant super thin tablet MediaPad X1, an extremely affordable smartphone Ascend G6 and a TalkBand B1 that is similar to Nike+ FuelBand write before the event from Barcelona.
The Ascend G6 appears to share some design elements with the higher-end Ascend P6. The main specs are: