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Microsoft Devices Partners with Truecaller to Offer Free Premium Service for Nokia X Users

Microsoft Devices Partners with Truecaller to Offer Free Premium Service for Nokia X Users

Microsoft have joined hands with Truecaller, the app which identifies unknown numbers calling you, to provide Nokia X users free premium features of the app.  The premium features will be available to all Nokia X users for 90 days, then they will have to pay if they want to continue using the premium features. These features include: See who’s viewed your PROFILE  No advertisements 30 contact requests per month to Truecaller members outside of your personal network This collaboration has been made to improve the telecom services in developing regions such as Pakistan, Morocco, Lebanon, Egypt, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka etc. You can view the entire press release below: The partnership enables people to use Premium Truecaller features for 90 days; aligns the growth trajectory with Microsoft Devices’ expertise in emerging markets Karachi – 11th August, 2014: Microsoft Devices today announced its collaboration with Truecaller, the world’s largest verified mobile phone community, for Nokia X smartphones, which would allow people to have access to premium features of Truecaller for 90 days absolutely free. With this tie up, Nokia X users shall benefit with an enhanced Truecaller Premium experience. Truecaller is a mobile app that helps you in identifying who is calling you; and protects you from unwanted calls. With over 70 million users worldwide, it has an unprecedented uptake in emerging markets. With this Nokia X tie up, Truecaller will be able to amplify it availability and uptake in countries in the MENA region namely, Pakistan, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.  Earlier this year in February, Microsoft Devices had announced its partnership with Truecaller where the app was available on the Nokia X app store. With this engagement, Nokia X users will avail an enriching experience of Truecaller. While commenting on the partnership, James Rutherfoord, Vice President, Microsoft Devices North Africa, Levant and Near East said: “Our partnership with Truecaller is a testament of our continued commitment towards development of telecom services in emerging markets. Nokia X users can now avail the remarkable benefits of Truecaller totally free of cost for 90 days, thus augmenting their Nokia X experience manifolds.” “Microsoft Devices is a trusted and popular brand in emerging markets and we are excited to see the culmination of two popular consumer products that would provide unmatched experience to people in the MENA region. Our partnership with Microsoft Devices will help get closer to our consumers and help them take the right call.” said Kari Krishnamurthy, VP Growth and Partnerships for Asia, Middle East and Africa at Truecaller. The premium Truecaller application includes an advertisement free Truecaller experience, verification of profile views and 30 contact requests per month....

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Budget friendly Nokia X2 officially launched in Pakistan

Budget friendly Nokia X2 officially launched in Pakistan

Following the success of its predecessor the Nokia X (which initially was Nokia’s first Android device), we had been hearing rumors regarding the launch of its successor the Nokia X2. Microsoft Devices Pakistan have today unveiled the Nokia X2, the newest addition to the expanding Nokia X family of affordable Smartphones designed to introduce the “next billion” people to the mobile Internet and cloud services. The Nokia X2 represents the rapid evolution of the Nokia X family, delivering an enhanced experience across apps, hardware and the user interface. The Nokia X2 offers stunning design, a more visually striking Fastlane, more Microsoft services, and upgraded specifications including a 4.3-inch Clear Black display, front-facing camera for video calling and 5MP rear camera with autofocus and flash. At a suggested retail price of just PKR 15,400, the Nokia X2 is a compelling choice for a new generation of smartphone buyers. Like the Nokia X, the new Nokia X2 provides access to a world of Android apps and popular Microsoft services, while allowing people to switch between their favorite apps with the Fastlane feature. The Nokia X2 delivers an even more intuitive, smoother user experience powered by a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 200 processor featuring a dual core 1.2 GHz CPU and 1 GB of RAM. The Nokia X2 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 experience. “The Nokia X family is going from strength to strength, with the Nokia X smartphone achieving No. 1 selling status in Pakistan, and other emerging markets*,”said Kamran Masood, Communications Manager, Microsoft Devices Pakistan. “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.”   As a gateway to Microsoft services, the Nokia X family is driving strong uptake of services such as Skype and OneDrive, while complementing the Lumia family of Smartphones. 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. For those of you who are in for buying a new smartphone that not only looks funky and cool but also...

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Microsoft Pakistan holds Nokia X Portathon Event in Karachi

Microsoft Pakistan holds Nokia X Portathon Event in Karachi

The Nokia X was Microsoft’s first try at an android smartphone, and it turned out to be a decent device. Now the beauty of Android is that its open source and developers can easily make their apps and put them on the Play Store. Microsoft, strangely never put the Android play store on the device, instead you have the Nokia store. Microsoft Pakistan recently had an event in Karachi, where app designers were told port  their various apps on the Nokia X devices. Thus, the name of the event was “Nokia X Portathon”. .Nokia X Portathon garnered much traction from students and graduates belonging to University of Karachi, IBA, FAST, FUUAST, SSUET and others. A series of workshop sessions delivered at universities supported by digital engagement activities helped hundreds of developers to join and gain awareness of Nokia X platform opportunities. The Portathon workshop sessions were conducted by Sameer Ahmed Khan, Nokia Developer Champion and supervised by Syed Abdul Basit, DX Partner Manager, Microsoft Devices Pakistan. Speaking on the occasion, Kamran Masood Niazi, Communications Manager, Microsoft Devices Pakistan said: “We introduced the Nokia X range of affordable smartphones which are built on the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), the software stack upon which some of the most popular smartphones in the world are based. This program was conducted to tap into Pakistan’s hub of young enthusiastic developers, and guide them in porting their apps on the Nokia Store. This way, we enriched the Nokia Store with incredible local content and honed their skills which will facilitate them in the future”. The participants were offered various rewards through the DVLUP program, which uses a gamification model to create a fun, inventive and competitive environment for developers to build successful Windows Phone, Nokia X and Asha mobile applications. Through this initiative, developers can earn badges and experience points (known as “XP”) by completing quizzes and challenges related to application development. By creating high-quality applications, developers can also earn additional points and unlock even greater opportunities. At the conclusion of the program, participants were awarded 100 XP points on the DVLUP portal and a free NDO membership. The prizes were distributed at the closing ceremony and included Nokia Lumia, Nokia X, Nokia XL phones, developer tools, and other related...

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The Nokia X Family getting a new member soon [Rumor]

The Nokia X Family getting a new member soon [Rumor]

News of The Nokia X family expecting a sibling in a few weeks time is going pretty wild lately. Microsoft seem to have continued with their Android smartphone venture according to news coming from our sources.  After acquiring  Nokia, Microsoft has shifted its main focus to Windows Phone devices, but it also has Android powered Nokias as well. Not to long ago Nokia now owned by Microsoft had launched the Nokia X , Nokia X+ and Nokia XL smartphones. Now, Microsoft are getting ready to launch the second generation of their Android powered device rumored to be called the “Nokia X2”. The Nokia X2 are rumored to have almost similar hardware specs to its predecessor, expect for a few differences. The main one being the bump in the RAM from 512Mb to 1GB. The screen size also increases to 4.3 inches and you get a VGA front facing camera as well. Other specs include a 5MP camera at the back and is powered by a Dual-Core Snapdragon 1.2 GHz processor.  As Microsoft tend to cover up their android device with their Windows Phone like theme, so not sure as to what version of Android this device will be running on. The Nokia X2 will not have the Google Play Store like its predecessor , but like with any Android device, it can always be rooted! According to Microsoft the next gen Android powered Nokia will be unveiled in a few weeks time, so we might probably see it by end of June or beginning of...

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Microsoft to finalize takeover deal with Nokia on April 25th – Future phones to be called Microsoft Mobile

Microsoft to finalize takeover deal with Nokia on April 25th – Future phones to be called Microsoft Mobile

Not so long ago we heard news (rumors) about Microsoft’s acquisition of the Finnish Cellular giants Nokia in the near future. Well that news is now most certainly official. The mega takeover deal amounting to $7.2 billion is scheduled to take place onFriday April 25th. In another blockbuster announcement, Microsoft has decided to drop the Nokia brand name and instead rename all their future devices simply “Microsoft Mobiles Oy”. According to a leaked letter in Finland, Nokia Oyj will be soon renamed as Microsoft Mobile Oy. “Please note that upon the close of the transaction between Microsoft and Nokia, the name of Nokia Corporation/Nokia Oyj will change to Microsoft Mobile Oy. Microsoft Mobile Oy is the legal entity name that should be used for VAT IDs and for the issuance of invoices,” the company reportedly said in the leaked letter. Oyj is a Finnish abbreviation for a “public stock company” while the Oy is a term for a “corporation”. The closure of the deal doesn’t really mean the end of Nokia. Instead, it means an end to Nokia as the world knows it. Microsoft is buying Nokia’s mobile phones division, including the teams that make feature phones. But it is not buying the divisions that are responsible for network equipment business and Here maps. The company left behind by Microsoft will also keep rights to its name Nokia though Microsoft has bought the licence to use the Nokia brand name for 10 years as part of its $7.2 billion deal. Additionally, Microsoft has bought rights to use Lumia and Asha brand names. As part of the deal, Nokia has also agreed to not make a smartphone or phone using Nokia brand before the end of 2015. While the name Nokia will be replaced by Microsoft Mobile in the coming days in Finland  and possibly in other countries not much will change for Nokia’s business partners in the immediate future. “Under the terms of the sale, Microsoft will assume all rights, benefits and obligations of the Nokia Devices and Services business, including Nokia’s agreements with suppliers, customers and partners which pertain to the Devices and Services business. Therefore, the purpose of this letter is to update you that the current terms and conditions that you have with the Devices and Services business will not change,” Nokia notes in the leaked letter. Originally, Nokia’s deal with Microsoft was supposed to close before the end of March. But the regulatory approval from Chinese authorities was received just several days ago. Nokia’s problems with Indian tax authorities over the manufacturing plant in Chennai have also reportedly delayed the deal. But there are reports that Nokia and Microsoft may agree to leave the...

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How to install Google Apps (Gapps) on your Rooted Nokia X, X+ and XL devices – [Guide]

How to install Google Apps (Gapps) on your Rooted Nokia X, X+ and XL devices – [Guide]

 For those of you who are interested in enjoying the perks of Google Apps on your recently rooted Nokia X devices can do so now by just following these few simple steps: 1) First of all make sure that your device is fully rooted. Just in case you haven’t already rooted it, use Gandalf Exploit included in Framaroot app. (Download it from http://forum.xda-developers.com/atta…1&d=1391850491) 2) You would need a Root explorer app (https://play.google.com/store/apps/d…explorer&hl=es) 3) Extract and copy all apks from “NokiaX_Gapps_KashaMalaga_28.02.2014.zip” to /system/app and change permisions for this files. 4) Reboot 5) Extract and install as normal user every single needed apk include in “NokiaX_SomeGoogleApps.zip“. (If  you want to use Google Now Launcher, open it after it is fully installed ) 6) Launch the Play Store and log in using your Google account. 7) Enjoy 😉 So there you have it folks, for all those who want to give their Nokia X device a new look can now easily do it using these simple aforementioned steps. We would like to hear your views on it and if you have any trouble during or post installation then do feel free to drop a query in our comments section below. Cheers !! Note: Rooting would void your device’s warranty so do it at your own risk. Talk Android Phones would not be responsible for any damages incurred during or after the rooting process. Thank...

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