Microsoft updates Nokia X2 software, adds a couple of Google services

Microsoft has pushed out a new update for its Nokia X2 that will now allow you to use a small portion of Google's services. Once your device receives the 2.1.0.11 update, you will be able to use Gmail and also sync your contacts too.

The devices, even though they run Android, are primarily designed around Microsoft's suite of services including Skype, OneDrive, and Nokia's Here maps. The UI of the phone has also been completely redone from stock Android to look like Windows Phone to further itself from its Android roots.

Here is the change log of Nokia X2 Dual SIM 2.1.0.11 (Nokia X Software Platform 2.1) SW release:

  • Capture fast-moving objects with the new Smart Mode, and create unique photos by using the Action shot, Best shot, or Motion blur options.
  • Make your phone more personal than ever with live wallpapers and new lock screen widgets.
  • Keep your life synced with OneDrive and OneNote. Get up to 15 GB of personal storage space on OneDrive, and sync up to 500 notes to OneNote.
  • Access your favorite Google services. You can now sync your Google contacts, and access your Gmail inbox.
  • Find your way anywhere with HERE Maps - get turn-by-turn voice guidance with a free global navigation license. Requires additional HERE Maps update from Store.
  • Updated Store - new design to help you find content more easily, and better integration with 3rd-party stores.
  • Added local calendar support, call reject with a message, parental controls for Store, landscape support for mail and messaging, and auto-configuration of mail accounts.

Besides the addition of Gmail support and contact sync, the device still offers up a mostly Microsoft and Nokia experience. We will be curious to see how much longer these devices are supported now that Microsoft owns the Nokia division that created these Android devices.

If you have a Nokia X2, the software is out now and you should be able to update your phone immediately. 

Source: Microsoft

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So supporting Google's weird pop/imap implementation and whatever standard or api they have for contacts is now being called adding a couple of Google services? Nice, Neowin, nice, top notch reporting here.

Again, look at the SOURCE link pointing to Nokia's website that says Google Services. This isnt a Neowin made up comment.

From the source...

Access your favorite Google services. You can now sync your Google contacts, and access your Gmail inbox.

The only reason I had positive thoughts on these phones is no Google, Microsoft is shooting themselves in the foot doing this.