Nigerian developers and colleagues across Africa now have the opportunity to explore the next steps in Android innovation with the Nokia X20, the phone marker says.
HMD Global, the Finnish maker of Nokia phones, says the Android 12 developer preview programme that comes on the Nokia X20, lets developers across Africa to “get their first taste of the next step in Android innovation.”
The Android 12 developer preview programme empowers developers to create, test, and finesse their apps ahead of the highly anticipated launch of the new operating system later this year, Stephen Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer HMD Global says in a statement made available to Technology Times.
Nokia X20 and Android alliance
From Q3 this year, App developers in Nigeria, and across Africa, “will have the chance to sink their teeth into the latest version of Android with the Nokia X20” under a partnership between the phone maker and Google.
“We understand that people want to use their phones for longer, and with a Nokia phone, it’s not just hardware durability which comes as standard. A smooth software that performs as new for years is just as important, which is why we want to work closely with our developer community on creating the best possible user experience”, Taylor says.
For HMD Global, Taylor adds that “longevity is the foundation of our new line-up of Nokia smartphones, so we offer up to three years of OS upgrades – recognised as one of the most comprehensive offerings in the smartphone market and continue to be the market leader in security updates. The Nokia X20 joins a family of devices that have helped shape Android for years.”
The Nokia X20 hopes the preview programme will provide feedback from its community of dedicated Nokia fans, “so we can cater to their requirements and continue providing our customers with even more value from the smartphones they love.”
With sources from a broad geographical user base and diverse cultures, the analytics and error analyses will help fine-tune Android 12 for end-users, HMD Global says.
According to the company, Android 12 will provide a host of new and updated features for users, including:
- Supporting AVIF images, so you don’t have to sacrifice the quality of images for large file sizes;
- Audio-coupled haptic feedback for more immersive gaming and audio experiences.
- Refreshed app launch animations for an improved experience.
- Improved privacy and security features ensuring personal data are kept as safe as possible.
Developers taking part in the programme will be able to collaborate, share ideas and tips with like-minded experts through the Nokia phones community forum, the company says.
To join the forum, developers can register through the MyPhoneApp available on all Nokia smartphones.
“Furthermore, through the Android 12 developer preview programme, Africa app experts on the project can communicate directly in 16 languages with HMD Global’s in-house developer team”, according to the tech company.