Handset maker Nokia has now extended Mail for Exchange app for Nokia Asha touch screen phones in India, about a month after its debut in May 2013.
The company said that the app is available as a free download on the Nokia Store and is compatible with Nokia Asha 308, Nokia Asha 309, Nokia Asha 310 and Nokia Asha 311. Through this app, users can now send and receive their office e-mails as well as sync their work emails, calendar and contacts with Microsoft Exchange 2003, 2007, 2010 Servers and Microsoft Office 365 Mobility Online Service.
Along with this launch, Nokia also mentioned two new apps – Editori Text and Editori Sheet which allow users to view and edit Microsoft Word and Excel documents on the go. However, do note that these apps are not developed by Nokia and instead are developed by a third party developer ASGATech. Nokia says that these apps offers features like rich text formatting, hyperlink recognition, ability to view pictures, tablets and save the document to memory card.
Bringing Mail for Exchange to Asha touch devices seems to be yet another initiative from Nokia to pitch the Asha platform as a low cost smartphone platform and as an alternative for low end Android smartphone for consumers. However, we would also like to see Asha devices with larger screens, since using apps on smaller screens can be quite cumbersome at times.
In May 2013, Nokia had debuted a new Asha platform based on Smarterphone, a feature phone operating system maker that Nokia had acquired in January 2012. The company had brought in several elements we had earlier seen in the Meego-powered Nokia N9, to the new Asha platform. These include the Swipe UI, double tap to unlock feature, and an always-on screen.
At the same time, Nokia had also unveiled Nokia Asha 501, which was the first device to run on the new Asha platform. While the India availability of Nokia Asha 501 is yet unknown, the phone is currently available on pre-order for Rs 5,199 on Nokia Shop.