Late last month, Lava’s sub-brand XOLO had launched Win Q900s, its first smartphone to be running on the Windows Phone 8.1 operating system for Rs 11,999 in India. The company has now further expanded its range of smartphones in the country with the addition of 8X-1000. The device sports a 5 inch display and is powered by ‘HIVE’ user interface, which is built on Android operating system and offers a host of new features and enhancements.
According to the company, the UI also allows users to join in and become a part of the development team (taking a cue from Chinese smartphone sensation Xiaomi are we!). The smartphone is available for Rs 13,999 in the country.
What’s on offer?
A made in India, made for India platform, HIVE offers a number of customised UI elements that include:
Connect: A platform where technology enthusiasts can partner with the company to make HIVE better by constantly connecting, collaborating and sharing new ideas. The best ideas that are voted up by the community are then rolled out as updates.
Edge: A personalisation and digital content delivery platform for emerging artists, musicians and photographers to collaborate with the company to design exclusive themes, ringtones and wallpapers.
Fusion X: Integrated with last.fm, Fusion X enables artist recommendations based on what the user is listening to. It is also tightly integrated with YouTube, wherein users can access trending songs by their favourite artist.
In terms of controls, the conventional straight line bar slider gives way to circular controls, while ‘quick settings’ include a toggle switch that lets you alternate between dual SIM cards for calls and messages. Contacts provide a unified view of the message threads and the call logs of every contact.