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Update brings some of Nokia X2's software features to the Nokia X, X+, and XL

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Update brings some of Nokia X2's software features to the Nokia X, X+, and XL
The Android-powered Nokia X family of devices, which has a pretty dim future ahead of it, as select representatives will be revamped to Windows Phone ones, recently got expanded with the Nokia X2, a successor to the Nokia X. In the hardware department, the newest member of the Nokia X family did not offer anything groundbreaking, but it came with some novel software features that were not available on the first generation of Nokia handsets, which are powered by forked Android.

Well, that's about to change, as an already-rolling update is bringing several of the missing features to the Nokia X, Nokia X+, and the Nokia XL. One of the most prominent and substantial additions is the App Switcher, which allows users to check out what apps are currently running on the smartphone and open up whichever they like. Apart from this multitasking-oriented addition, the update is also bringing several Microsoft apps and services – we are talking about Outlook.com, OneDrive, and OneNote.

An enhanced Nokia Store is also making its way to the Nokia X representatives. Now it is integrating other 3rd-party app stores, which will ensure for, as Microsoft puts it, a “consistent experience”. The improved Nokia Store also comes with a few interface refinements, which aim to make search and discovery for new apps a bit more user-friendly.

The update that almost brings the Nokia X, X+, and XL on par with the Nokia X2 is coming over-the-air, but be advised that it might take it a while to arrive on your beloved device. You can, of course, check for its availability in a manual fashion (go to Settings > About phone > System updates > Check now). Let's hope that this one won't be among the last firmware updates that the original Nokia X devices are being treated to.

source: Microsoft via PhoneScoop

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posted on 28 Jul 2014, 09:24

1. GeorgeDao123 (Posts: 431; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)

This should have been the way out for Nokia. Symbian fans would feel easier to switch to Android than Lumia.

posted on 28 Jul 2014, 09:38 1

3. juandante (Posts: 655; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)

I hope heaven will throw fire in Flops a**

posted on 28 Jul 2014, 10:00 1

4. sgodsell (Posts: 4735; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)

Dead product. Move along to a real Android device, and not these badly hobbled ones. Not to mention soon to be completely dropped by Microsoft.

posted on 28 Jul 2014, 17:35

5. marcski07 (Posts: 600; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)

dead product indeed, b'coz, t'was too late for that half baked hybrid os. but if nokia has an early jump into android bandwagon and heavily skinned the android experience, it will sell like hotcakes. :D but what I think is they can't swallow their pride, after they underestimated Android also the iOS. I am very confident, they can simplify and optimize effectively android with their own UI...

posted on 28 Jul 2014, 09:37

2. tadaa (Posts: 267; Member since: 18 Apr 2013)

i don't think the statement said that they're gonna release a software update for the x, xl, etc. that would make it run wp. rather, it can be said that existing x-line phones in the pipeline will be shifted to wp. poor analysis there in the previous article if i may say so.

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