Nokia’s first Android phone just got a lot more awkward for Microsoft.

The Nokia X is meant to serve as an Android-based Trojan Horse for Microsoft’s apps and services — but that’s not stopping hackers who want to open it up for Google’s solutions.

In a posting on the XDA developers forum, Spanish developer Kashamalaga describes how he managed to tweak the Nokia X to accept Google’s apps and services in just five steps. His hack also replaces Nokia’s custom skin with the Android Now launcher.

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It’s unclear if Nokia will lock down the devices further once they hit general consumers (Kashamalaga got his from Mobile World Congress), but it’s certainly telling that the X was so easily hacked.

By default, the Nokia X supports Microsoft’s services and doesn’t have access to the official Google Play Store or apps like Gmail and Google Maps. It’s a lot like how Amazon forked Android to highlight its own apps.

What’s most interesting about this hack is that Nokia approves of it:

As I argued when the X was announced, Nokia could actually be doing Microsoft a big favor with its Android phone. It would give Microsoft a way to test the waters with Android without wasting much time developing its own solution. And the fact that the Nokia X’s interface looks a lot like Windows Phone doesn’t hurt either.

Check out video of Kashamalaga’s Nokia X hack below:

Via The Verge

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