Before Microsoft acquired Nokia, the Finnish mobile company was experimenting with Android. Now the division of Nokia that Microsoft did not buy has released a new entry-level Android device called the Nokia X. Nokia’s spun off technologies group is now its own startup.
The first project from this group is a homescreen launched for Android phones called Z Launcher. The Z Launcher is named after a gesture that lets you write out letters right on the screen instead of typing on a keyboard. It also gives you a running list of apps and contacts that changes based on where you are and what you are doing. You can scribble out a letter in the middle of the homescreen to search what is installed on your phone or things on the Internet that is suggested by Google.
Z Launcher learns how you use your phone and promotes your favorite apps so that you can get them faster. Whether you are texting someone, trying not to search for apps in the car, or multi-tasking at the office, the screen changes based on your every day life: