Microsoft puts its own apps front and center in Nokia X update

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Nokia’s experiment into the world of Android was short-lived, as Microsoft killed off its X line of forked Android phones not long after announcing its acquisition of the company. The devices run a custom version of the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), which does not include any stock Google apps nor access to the Google Play Store.

Microsoft is not letting an opportunity to get more people hooked into its services to pass, however. As part of a new software update to it's Android-bearing Nokia phones, the Nokia X, X+, and XL are getting Outlook.com, OneDrive, and OneNote apps.

There is also a new app switcher, which you access by swiping down from the top of the screen and tapping the switcher icon. You then select the app you want to switch over to, or tap a large X to close the app.

Microsoft says it is also bringing an “improved Nokia Store,” which is the app storefront for Nokia X devices given they do not have Google Play. The store has a selection of Android apps and, according to Nokia, integrates other third-party app stores.

The software is an over the air update, and you can check to see if your phone is ready to download it manually by going to the device settings.

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