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Nokia X2 software update brings Gmail client, Google contacts sync


Microsoft has just rolled out a major update to the Nokia X2, the last Android powered smartphone launched by the company. In a surprise move, the update brings Google s Gmail client to the Nokia X platform, among other features and improvements. In June, Microsoft launched the Nokia X2, the successor to Nokia X smartphones that it had released earlier this year. While the Nokia X devices are running on Android, they are based on Android Open Source Project (AOSP) and lack Google Mobile Services (GMS) that include Gmail, Google Maps, YouTube and others. Instead, Microsoft is promoting its own and Nokia s products and services in the said devices. Also Read - Airtel uses Nokia equipment to successfully conduct first 5G trial in Eastern India

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The software update not only brings a Gmail client but it also allows users to sync their contacts with their Gmail account. This was a major pain point for many users. The update also adds live wallpapers and new lock screen widgets. Also Read - Microsoft New Xbox app solves game installation problem

Additionally, the camera app of the device is also snagging an update, adding Smart Mode which will help capture fast-moving objects. In addition, it is also adding action shot, best shot, and motion blur features to the stock camera app. Microsoft has also formally announced free 15GB storage with OneDrive for Nokia X2 users.

Among other updates, the Store app has been updated to add visual improvements, and better integration with third-party app stores. Support for the local calendar, call rejection with a message, parental controls for Store, and landscape support for mail and messaging, with auto-configuration of mail accounts have also been added with the latest update.

Do note that the update is specifically designed for Nokia X2 software, which means that only Nokia X2 device will be eligible for the aforementioned features.

It is surprising that Microsoft is still devoting resources to the X-series of devices considering the company had planned to shift its resources away from Android smartphones and instead use them for Windows Phone devices. An excerpt from an internal memo from Jo Harlow exclusively sourced by BGR India couldn’t have been clearer.

Transitioning developer efforts and investments: We plan to transition developer efforts and investments to focus on the Windows ecosystem while improving the company s financial performance. To focus on the growing momentum behind Windows Phone, we plan to immediately begin ramping down developer engagement activities related to Nokia X, Asha and Series 40 apps and shift support to maintenance mode. We are committed to supporting our existing Mobile Phones customers, and will ensure proper operation during the planned controlled shutdown of services over the next 18 months.

It is quite possible that the software was wrapped up before Microsoft announced it was laying off 12,000 employees from Nokia.

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  • Published Date: September 3, 2014 10:03 PM IST
  • Updated Date: September 3, 2014 10:08 PM IST

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