News by Luke Jones on Saturday August 30, 2014.
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Nokia actually no longer making hardware is not an easy thing to take, after-all, this was the company that dominated the mobile scene for years and was one of its leading lights in the early years. However, Nokia sold its devices division to Microsoft earlier in the year and is now focusing on its services and software.That means the company that has helped to build Windows Phone over the years is now working on Android with its admittedly fantastic Z Launcher. The Android specific app was an innovative entrance for Nokia as a new company, giving users the first standalone app ever from the Finnish brand. The Z Launcher has been given a lot more functionality as Nokia has issued a significant update for the app. The changelog is pretty extensive and reads as follows: Performance improvements Speed improvements across the board! Faster startup Faster loading of apps, contacts, and websites on the homescreen Faster first-run performance, especially on lower-end devices Design enhancements New animations Going to homescreen, launching apps (we are still working on these, please let us know what you think in feedback) Improved contacts search and listing in Z Launcher, more consistency in preserving your preferences across Z Launcher updates Improved web search results Improvements to "Call..." and "Text..." actions Collapsing contacts so one person won't take up two spots on your Home screen (so you won't see "Call John" and "Text John" at the same time) More reliable creation of "Call" and "Text" for the people you connect with the most Reducing accidental app launch if you scribble too quickly And many more bug fixes to improve the reliability of Z Launcher Z Launcher is not yet fully available, currently running in a closed beta. It will get a full release soon though and will give Android users one of the most robust launchers available.
Luke Jones is the Managing Editor at MobileBurn.com and is the person you need to speak to about the content on the site. Luke studied creative writing at Glamorgan University before carving out a reputation as a freelance tech writer. He settled here at MobileBurn, where he reviews devices and contributes to the news.