Microsoft has released an official Hotmail application for Android, and Pocket-lint was invited to the company’s London headquarters to check it out in advance of its public unveiling.

Demonstrated by Bryan Saftler, Hotmail product manager, Microsoft Consumer and Online UK, the new app offers cunning integration with the operating system, with a “you’ve got mail” icon appearing in the top left of the screen even when the screen is locked. The handset also vibrates to signify that an email has arrived. However, it’s not a native application, and is a free download on Android Market.

The layout of the screen is simple, offering tabulated access to the several different functions. There’s tabs for home, all emails, inbox and search, and one of the benefits is that you can add as many Hotmail accounts as you like. They’ll be split into separate inboxes or you can view all of the emails from all of the accounts together.

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via Hotmail Android pictures and hands-on – Pocket-lint.