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Microsoft Ends Android Powered Nokia Phones

It is official Microsoft will put an end to Android powered Nokia phones in favor of their own home grown software experience Windows Phone.

In an open letter to employees, devices and services lead Stephen Elop wrote, “we plan to deliver additional lower-cost Lumia devices by shifting select future Nokia X designs and products to Windows Phone devices. ” Continue reading

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Google Maps Updated With Elevation Info & Voice Commands

Bikers may have a new use of Google Maps thanks to an update released today for the popular navigation app for Android.

The latest update added visual elevation information to the route as well as voice controls for better hands free navigation.

Elevation data can now be leveraged when building a route, something that may not be the most useful for drivers, but definitely is a consideration for bikers, who may not want the fastest route if it means hills. Continue reading

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Chromecast App Updated With Screen Mirroring Support

The Chromecast App for Android added support for display mirroring in an update released today.

Android users with a supported device can now cast their what is on their display to their television.

This feature was presented at this years Google’s I/O developer conference as an integrated feature in the upcoming Android L release. Continue reading

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Google Planning To Merge Quickoffice Features In Drive

Google acquired Quickoffice last year and with it released it first as a business utility for those wishing to use Google’s services but needing support for Office documents.

Later last fall they pushed it out to the general public and offered a 10GB Google Drive incentive to do so to try it.

Many of these features have been integrated into Google Drive’s web app, making it possible to open and in some cases edit Microsoft Office documents.

Now Google has announced plans to retire Quickoffice after merging key functionality into Drive, namely native Microsoft Office document editing support. Continue reading

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BLU Announces First Batch Of Devices Receiving Kitkat

BLU Products announced its first batch of eight smartphones that will be receiving an update to Google’s latest version of Android Kitkat.

Up until now BLU has been selling their smartphones running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with the promise of an upgrade to Kitkat this summer. Summer has arrived and not 10 days later they have made good on that promise. Continue reading

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Google Hangouts For Chrome No Longer Requires Plug-In For Video Calls

Google has eliminated the need for the Google Hangouts plug-in on the desktop to make and receive video and voice calls in the latest development and canary builds.

Up until now those who wanted to use Google Talk and now Google Hangouts voice and video calling features have had to install a voice plug-in, further complicating the process of actually using the service. Continue reading

The Nokia X2 was an Android powered low-end smartphone released in June 2014. It utilized Microsoft's services.

Microsoft Unveils Nokia X2 – Android Powered Smartphone

Microsoft unveiled its second generation Android powered Smartphone today the Nokia X2 featuring a larger 4.3 inch display, Snapdragon 200 processor and dual sim support all for €99.

In an interesting move for Microsoft, the company has continued to release Android powered Smartphones for emerging markets, despite the popularity and clear traction of Windows Phone in this department.

Nokia originaly announced the Nokia X late last year before being acquired by Microsoft.

The latest revision of the X holds true to the original, featuring bare bones hardware and a heavily skinned Android experience, that bares little in common with Google’s vision.
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