Dell and another 10 OEMs will also pre-install Microsoft apps on their Android devices

microsoft-headquartersIn addition to the announcement of select future Samsung Android tablets being pre-installed with Microsoft software such the Office apps, OneDrive, OneNote and Skype, there seems to be many more manufactures taking part in this venture.

Microsoft has officially announced that Dell along with an additional 10 OEMs will also be bundling the same apps on their Android products later in 2015. Although Microsoft or its OEMs haven’t disclosed exactly what type of Android devices these apps will be pre-installed on, or how this deal came to be, it’s definitely an aggressive move on Microsoft’s part to ensure that it’s services reach more potential customers.

Earlier today, we announced an expanded global partnership with Samsung to deliver Microsoft mobile productivity services to both consumer and business customers. Building on that news, I’m pleased to share that we’ve also expanded strategic agreements with leading global OEM Dell, and regional OEMs including TrekStor of Germany, JP Sa Couto of Portugal, Datamatic of Italy, DEXP of Russia, Hipstreet of Canada, QMobile of Pakistan, Tecno of Africa, and Casper of Turkey, as well as top original device manufacturer Pegatron. These 11 hardware partners will pre-install Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, OneDrive and Skype on Android devices coming to market later this year.

For OEMs, these deals will increase the value of and enrich people’s experiences on Android devices. Original device manufacturers are important because they extend Microsoft services to the ecosystem. More specifically, they help to reach a greater number of other device manufacturers, resulting in even more choice for customers around the world. And for Microsoft, this is part of the company’s mobile-first, cloud-first vision.  It is addressing consumer demand for top services by making them already available on a device, instead of requiring consumers to download them separately.

Microsoft is set for a very aggressive year when it comes to their product offerings.  Not only will Windows 10 be available on an unprecedented amount of devices and cost nothing for about 900 million users, but the software giant is doing everything possible to ensure that its services thrive on competing platforms.  Not to mention the launch of HoloLens later this year which has tremendous potential and can possibly change the face of the company almost instantly.

Source: Microsoft

Microsoft launches Nokia X2 running on heavily modded Android, costs $135/€99/£80

Today Microsoft/Nokia has launched its Android-based X2 smartphone. This is a budget device that costs $135 or €99/£80 and it is heavily modified to look and feel a lot like a Windows Phone – it will be available “in select countries globally” and available in July 2014, according to Microsoft.

clip_image002_3A9D4099The device will come pre-loaded with many Microsoft apps you would expect on Windows Phones such as Bing Search, OneDrive, Skype, Outlook and even some Xbox games. Google’s apps and services have been removed from the OS including the Google Play Store – instead, Nokia created its own store in addition to the pre-installed Microsoft apps the device ships with.

“The Nokia X2 will also introduce new third-party titles such as LINE Ranger, Brewster and Findery. Instagram, WeChat, Skype, Benji Bananas Adventures and many more are already available on the redesigned, easy-to-navigate Nokia Store — the place for finding the highest-quality Android apps for the Nokia X family. ” according to a Microsoft press release today.

nokia-x2-02_storyWith this phone, Nokia introduced a Google Now type of app called “Fastlane” which is a personalization feature that lets you interact with your calendar, check and launch most used apps or even change music tracks.

The Nokia X2 is running on a 1.2 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor, it is equipped with a 5 MP rear camera with autofocus and flash (as well as a VGA front camera) and sports a 4.3inch ClearBlack display with 480×800 pixels screen resolution. The phone also comes with dual-sim support. The phone will be available at launch in glossy orange, black and green, with glossy yellow, white and matte dark gray coming later to the range.