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The Verge’s Tom Warren on Nokia’s little experiment.

The X introduces a new “forked” version of Android that’s akin to what Amazon does with its Kindle Fire line. Nokia is effectively taking the open-source elements of Android and then bolting on its own services, a Windows Phone-like UI, and yet another Android app store.

Sounds interesting.

Using the X software can be quite frustrating, however, as the entire interface is prone to slow response and a lot of lag. Closing or switching between apps on the X takes far longer than other, even entry-level, smartphones, and browsing the web will quickly test your patience.

Aaand not anymore.

I’m not sure how it makes any sense to get into this ecosystem when there’s a very good chance Microsoft is just going to kill it. And then it’s not even a good user experience. Maybe that’s another Elop Trojan horse: make Android look crappy by making a crappy Android user experience.