Nokia unveils Android launcher app

With its phone unit now in Microsoft's hands, Nokia's (NOK -5.8%) technologies group has unveiled an Android homescreen replacement app called Z Launcher.

Among other things, Z Launcher shows a list of frequently-accessed apps and contacts on a phone's home page, and allows users to search for local and Web content by scribbling letters with their fingers.

Z Launcher is unlikely to move the needle much for Nokia, especially since plenty of alternatives exist. But it appears to be a sign of things to come in the post-Microsoft era. Nokia exec Brook Eaton: "At the end of the day, we're now able to explore new ways to get to market, which we didn't have to first deliver in house ... We're unhandcuffed."

Shares are lower today as a result of trading ex-dividend.

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  • Seppo Sahrakorpi
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    Critical piece of information in the Verge article:


    "The Nokia team Microsoft didn’t buy has made an Android launcher"
    19 Jun 2014, 12:19 PM Reply Like
  • Philip Marlowe
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    It is nice that they are uncuffed now, until one considers that they handcuffed themselves voluntarily. This is a truly sad story of some of the best handset engineering talent being completely wasted on a grand strategic movement into a dead end.
    19 Jun 2014, 12:28 PM Reply Like
  • flybywire54
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    So true.....
    19 Jun 2014, 06:53 PM Reply Like
  • JoFergus
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    Nokia has always been able to "grow" it's own fresh talent...
    I see no reason why that should have changed


    They are now positioned to grow an ecosystem from the network layer, and on up.
    19 Jun 2014, 12:41 PM Reply Like
  • La Rue
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    Comments (900) | Send Message
    If SP grows, I'm a happy cowboy.
    19 Jun 2014, 04:01 PM Reply Like
  • gwynfryn
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    Comments (6500) | Send Message
    Getting rid of phones looks like better move every day; check out Bloomsberg News' article on Xiaomi's new phone: it's awsome!
    20 Jun 2014, 11:36 AM Reply Like
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