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?