While the Nokia X ended up being about what expected, it’s still disappointing that we didn’t get a more traditional Android handset from the company. However, since it is still an Android device, there are some workarounds you can use to make the Nokia X look a little more like a stock Android device, like sideloading an APK of a custom launcher.
When asked if sideloading a custom launcher would be possible on the X, a Nokia executive clarified that any APK could be sideloaded and there were no abnormal restrictions on the device. Since the device doesn’t ship with the Google Play Store, this would be the only way to get a majority of the apps available on Android. This includes different keyboards, custom launchers, or any other applications, including Google Apps, although many Google Apps will likely rely on APIs that aren’t present on Nokia’s forked and heavily skinned version of Android. » Read the rest