Nokia is porting apps from Google Play without developers’ permission
Nokia, or whoever is in charge of porting Android apps from Google Play for Nokia X and Family, has taken a step many would consider too far.
The Nokia X, as you may have known is running a forked version of Android OS and doesn’t have Google Play where you could basically get Android apps easily installed. Instead, the smartphone (and Nokia X+ and XL) comes with Nokia Store which allows users to download and install Android apps unto their phones.
However, Nokia couldn’t bear the frustration of looking at an empty Nokia Store and had to do something that’s a little bit (if not completely) off the hook. They copied apps from Google Play and placed them in their Store with under the accounts they created with names of the developers before even contacting these developers.
A first look at the situation shows how desperate Nokia Devices & Services has turned under Microsoft’s ownership, but then another lets you see the win-win condition for the developers who just basically have to do nothing than to take possession of their account and watch their bank accounts swell as users install and use their apps from Nokia Store.
Nokia should also be thankful if a legal suit doesn’t come out of this.