Lenovo Moto M likely to ship with bundled Microsoft Apps

There was a time when Microsoft was seen as the enemy of the Linux and Apple communities. Understandably, at the time, the company only wanted Windows to succeed. Nowadays, however, the operating system is sort of inconsequential. Microsoft seems happy to have its software succeed on ‘competitor’ platforms such as iOS, Android, macOS, Ubuntu and more.

If you follow Verdict, you might already know that  Microsoft and Lenovo entered into a patent cross-licensing agreement that covers Lenovo and Motorola devices running Android OS which also included an agreement that Lenovo will preload Microsoft’s productivity apps — including Microsoft Office, OneDrive and Skype — on select Lenovo devices that use the Android operating system.

According to a new report, one of those devices is going to be the Lenovo Moto M. This is the model that carries the code name “Kung Fu.” While one version of the phone (XT1662) is expected to be launched in China only, a so-called international model will be offered in other parts of Asia. The latter will launch with stock Android (Marshmallow), Microsoft Office, Skype and OneDrive pre-loaded. The report didn’t note whether the XT1662 would also come out of the box with these apps already installed.

Live photos of the XT1662 variant of the Lenovo Moto M reveal that the 5.5-inch screen will have a resolution of 1080 x 1920, and that the phone will carry 4GB of RAM and 32GB of native storage. You can also see that the device will be equipped with a 16MP rear facing camera and an 8MP front-facing snapper.

Motorola was a pioneer cellphone company which was purchased by Google in 2011 for $12.5 billion, and was then sold to Lenovo a mere 3 years later in 2014 for $2.91 billon. The company merged its Lenovo and Motorola brands in early 2016, and is currently no longer a top 5 smartphone OEM, having seen 33% YoY losses in Q1 2016.

Microsoft has however had a similar deal with Samsung since 2015, and that company’s flagship Android devices already come with Microsoft apps pre-installed.

At the time of the agreement Christian Eigen, Leader of Corporate Alliances, Lenovo said “Our collaboration with Microsoft will create new opportunities for our customers to take advantage of some of Microsoft’s most popular apps. Installing Microsoft apps and services on our devices will bring additional value to consumers around the globe,” while Nick Parker, corporate vice president OEM Division, Microsoft said “The marriage of Microsoft’s apps and Lenovo’s Android-based devices will enable customers around the world to be more productive, more connected and achieve even more.”

So what exactly does this mean? A few of Microsoft’s apps will be pre-loaded on some — not all — of Lenovo’s Android devices. It is not yet clear if consumers will be able to delete the apps without ‘rooting’ the devices.

So.. Excited?

Source : Tech Droider


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