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March 3, 2014

Nokia's Fastlane speeds up app use on phone

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It could get overwhelming, so you can block certain apps and certain notifications from appearing in Fastlane. In the settings, you can also add a shortcut to one social network, such as Facebook or Twitter.

That’s where Fastlane can improve — understanding better which apps I use most over a period of days or months and creating a section at the top for those.

Last week, for example, I was too busy to check Facebook, but that doesn’t mean I don’t use it regularly. But in Fastlane, Facebook would drop toward the bottom in a matter of days, unless I happen to choose it as my one shortcut.

Why not make sure the most-used apps are stored as favorites at the top of the screen? Nokia says it’s considering that.

Likewise, if I haven’t used something for months after using it daily, Fastlane can assume I’ve grown tired of it and automatically remove it. Myspace anyone?

Nokia doesn’t plan to make Fastlane for its Windows phones, and I doubt it’ll extend it to rival Android phones, such as my Samsung Galaxy S III. It’s something it wants to keep exclusive to its own phones to compete.

That’s understandable, yet a shame.

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