Microsoft goes android with new smartphone

24 Jun

When Redmond-based Microsoft’s purchase of Nokia’s mobile division was finalized in April of this year there was a question about the fate of the Nokia X android-based smartphone. Nokia’s fromer CEO and now Microsoft executive Stephen Elop assured us that the smartphone line would continue. Then, Over the weekend Redmond-based Microsoft hinted that they would be coming out with a new version of the Nokia X smartphone. Earlier this morning Microsoft did indeed come out with their first android-based smartphone.

The new Nokia X2 bumps up the display size to 4.3” from 4”, The process will go from a 1GHz dual-core Snapdragon to the 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon 200 and the RAM will go from 512MB to 1GB. Other feature of the X2 are a 45-megapixel rear-facing camera, a VGA front-facing camera, talk time of up to 13 hours at 3G speeds and up to 10 hours at 2G speed.

Lumia is our primary smartphone strategy. At the same time we believe that everybody should have easy and direct access to the most popular Microsoft services, such as Outlook, OneDrive, Skype, and now also OneNote through Nokia Store,” said Jussi Nevanlinna, Microsoft vice president of marketing for mobile phones, in a blog post. “More people are now connected to the Microsoft cloud through Nokia X.”

Even though the Nokia X2 is an android-based its interface looks more like a Windows 8 smartphone. Beside the tile look on the home screen another similarity with Windows 8 is the all apps and search screen that can be accessed by swiping to the left. There is also a third screen called fastlane that can be accessed by swiping right from the home screen. At the bottom of the screen there are “back” and “home” buttons. With the “back” button you can access your past actions or all open apps. The “home” button as the name implies will take you back to your home screen from wherever you are on your smartphone.

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