Nokia X

One of the major features in the Nokia X2, aside from the improved hardware, is the introduction of Nokia's software platform 2.0, which is based on a fork of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. However, it looks like the new platform will be limited to the Nokia X2, as Microsoft has confirmed that earlier devices in the Nokia X family will not be compatible to receive the update.

Microsoft said that the hardware limitations in the Nokia X, X+ and the XL prohibit these handsets from making the switch to the latest version of the platform. While it did not share any additional details, the amount of memory is likely an issue.

The Nokia X features 512 MB RAM, while the X+ and the XL come with 768 MB RAM, which is lesser to the 1 GB sported by the Nokia X2. It is possible that 1 GB RAM is a minimum requirement to run Nokia's software platform 2.0. The first version of the platform, which the first-gen devices run on, is based on a fork of Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean.

Even though these devices won't make the switch to the new platform, Microsoft has reiterated its commitment to the Nokia X, X+ and the XL, stating that they would be receiving performance updates in the near future. It remains to be seen how the move affects consumers' decision when picking up a Nokia X, X+ or the XL, considering that the Nokia X particularly is doing quite well in India, where it is available to the equivalent of $100 (Rs. 6,499).

How do you feel about the move? Would the lack of a software update put you off buying the older Nokia X family of devices?

Source: Nokia


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Nokia X, X+ and XL will not be able to switch to Nokia's software platform 2.0 (Android 4.3)


And yet another great reason not to buy any of these devices.

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Same thing happened with countless early android devices, I'm stuck in ice-cream on my Lenovo tablet.. It's life. The X2 looks like a great device at the price, it will probably work well for MSFT, just as the X series has done well for them.

They still operate separately like Google and Motorola do but this is just so pathetic and can't believe if they even sold one of the original Nokia x.

The surface tablet is solid... but that's about it.

WP7 was not able to update to WP8
Nokia X is not able to update to Version 2.

Doesn't make sense to me... punishing the early adopters by leaving them with the prototype equipment. That's why I left the MS mobile ecosystem.

Its marketing folks. Some of the original X owners will now no doubt be forced to by the newest model if they want the updated software.

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lol or go with something a bit better like say the moto E or moto G, which guarantee at least 2 software updates...

It's Windows Phone 7 all over again. Ridiculous. Although why anyone would but one of these is way beyond me.

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Especially since there's no reason they couldn't get the 4.3 update. 4.1 jumping to 4.3 wasn't big enough to break any future updates, Microsoft. >_<

Wow, before even getting the hang of what Android is all about, Nokia succeeds in nailing down the fragmentation issue. Way to go! These devices are nowhere near the cheap Chinese handsets flooding the market (with Play Store and Google services compatibility), let alone the big boys.

.. and now Microsoft/Nokia is abandoning handsets that are just 4 months old from further updates.. Not even Samsung are that cruel!..

They did that before with WP7. Welcome to the World of Microsoft where you get ditched quicker than a Paris Hilton boyfriend.

Who cares i have g2 and g3 soon. Bezel can suck it. And nokia can swallow.

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These phones werent even released 5 months ago! That means they had these newer phones and software in the pipeline at the same time. This was intentionally planned and that makes it even more messed up.

I think Nokia has some good hardware and makes some nice Windows Phones. However, these phones are trash.

I'm sure a large part of the equation is that these handsets didn't sell well. If the X had been a massive success, I can bet you they would have come up with an upgrade path.

Really?... This speaks volumes about how they will treat their hardware in the future. I wouldn't trust anything they make from now on if there's a chance that it will be scrapped less than a year after it comes out.

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THIS again! Microsoft did this in the beginning with their Windows Phone 7 and 8 devices...they screwed over my friend this way. Every new version of Windows Phone somehow wasn't compatible with the phone despite its release being a mere 2 months before. Ridiculous. Can't believe they're still doing it this way.

Pretty much the same thing with MS and their Windows PC platform. Every new version required the end user to have to replace some piece of their hardware in order for Windows to work properly.

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Seriously in this day and age why even release a device with less than a gig of ram? It's not like the cost is prohibitive, ram's cheap. Another screw up from MS. No wonder why the WP platform and any phone MS is involved in ends up a failure.

From the Death Star using my LG G2