May 13 AT 2:24 PM Dustin Earley 11 Comments

Nokia uses shady tactics to get Android apps on Nokia X

nokia x in hand

Nokia wanted to take the hard road with the Nokia X and forgo Google certification of its new handset. In other words, the Nokia X runs Android, but it doesn’t have access to any Google apps like Google Play and all the apps found inside the music, video and app hub. Nokia has made porting Android apps over to the Nokia X incredibly easy, but now it may have taken it too far.

wtfff-590x971If you’re an Android developer and you haven’t already ported your app over to the Nokia Android app store, don’t worry; it may just do it for you. AnderWeb, creator of ADW Launcher, made public an email that makes it appear as though Nokia uploaded ADW Launcher to its own app store and created a Nokia account so that the app could be sold – all without AnderWeb’s permission. According to the email, all that AnderWeb has to do is get in touch with Nokia and ADW will be ready to go.

There’s still a lot of uncertainty surrounding the situation, but if it’s as simple as it sounds and Nokia is essentially acting on your behalf without your permission, the company should be ashamed of itself. Rest assured this is not the last we’ll hear of this. Be on the lookout for more.

Source: Geek

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • Hans

    Bla, bla, bla.

    You’re just afraid.

    Nokia is fine.


    Not cool, dude!

  • tnk

    You meant Microsoft. Nokia doesn’t make phones anymore. When you say Nokia, I think of HEL:NOK1V. Of course people making Nokia branded phones are old Nokia folks, but people in charge, like the people that took this decision, are not.

  • Sandra

    Nokia = Patenttroll Microsoft :(

  • Sandra

    F*** you microsoft

  • Jeroen Heijster

    There’s still a big difference does between uploaded and published…

  • vitriolix

    This is just concern trolling. Publishing our apps without consent would be patently illegal so clearly this is just them creating an entry for you approval and not publishing until you approve. Why is that somehow evil?

  • Perry

    still waiting for a high end Lumia type android phone. A lumia 1020 for example running kit kat would be a great handset.

  • namesib

    “You have app”? Is he sure that email is legit?

  • Christopher Price

    It’s legal to download an APK to your hard disk.

    Provided you don’t share it with anyone else, you can put it wherever you’d like.

    Nokia downloaded the developer’s APK to their own hard disk. They put it on a secure server that nobody but Nokia can access. They sent the developer an email saying “we can host this on our site, just let us know if you’re okay with that.”

    The developer is under no obligations to agree or consent. Zero. Nada. Will many? Sure. But what’s wrong with that?

    Seriously, what’s shady about that? I’m jealous I didn’t think of it myself.

  • Dennis

    So, you summarize your article with this: “. . . Nokia is essentially acting on your behalf without your permission . . .” then you post a screenshot of an email where they’re asking permission to proceed. You’re not making the strongest case.