Microsoft Shows off its Second Android Based Smartphone
Microsoft has shown off a new Nokia smartphone based on its own Android clone, which it said is aimed at the developing markets to introduce the “next billion” people to the mobile Internet and cloud services.
Just like the Nokia X, the new Nokia X2 provides access to Android apps and Microsoft services, while allowing people to switch between apps with the Fastlane feature. The Nokia X2 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor featuring a dual core 1.2GHz CPU and 1 GB of RAM.
The Nokia X2 also debuts the next-generation Nokia X Software Platform 2.0 and major enhancements to the user interface. People can choose between three types of screens to facilitate navigation: the colorful “home” with resizable tiles; Fastlane to access recent apps and future calendar items; and a new Lumia-inspired apps list, from which people can pin items to the home screen. A pull-down notifications tab also allows people to glance at connectivity options as well as actionable items, such as software updates available for download. A new home key and visual multitasking complete the roundup of upgrades.
The Nokia X2 will debut with Outlook.com, Skype and OneDrive pre-loaded, with more available from the Nokia Store, including the Bing Search app.
“The Nokia X family is going from strength to strength, with the Nokia X smartphone achieving top-selling status in Pakistan, Russia, Kenya and Nigeria, 3 while earning the third-best-selling smartphone spot in India,” said Timo Toikkanen, head of Mobile Phones, Microsoft Devices Group.
The Nokia X2 elevates the Nokia X experience with a stellar new design, ease of use and new Microsoft experiences. We’re proud to continue to bring smartphone innovation to lower and lower price points.”
The Nokia X2 will be available initially as a dual-SIM device and will begin rolling out to unspecified countries next month for EUR99 (US$135).