First gen Nokia X devices won't be updated to Platform 2.0

The first generation Nokia X smartphones which were released in February, will not be getting updated to the Nokia X software featured on the Nokia X2.

In a detailed post about the Nokia X2 smartphone user experience on the Conversations blog, Microsoft's Yannis Paniaras, Head of the Mobile Phones UX Design Studio in Beijing, has revealed that “because of the necessary hardware upgrades, the Nokia X software platform 2.0 won’t be available on Nokia X, Nokia X+ or Nokia XL. However, more updates will be coming to further improve the experience of those devices in the coming months.”

The underlying Android Open Source Project version on which the Nokia X software platform 2.0 is based on is Jelly Bean 4.3, while the one on first generation Nokia X devices is based on Jelly Bean 4.1.2. The X2 features a higher clocked dual core Snapdragon 200 processor and more RAM than that found on the earlier smartphones. However, there have been devices with lesser hardware specifications featuring Android 4.3 in the past. The only possible reason to ignore the older X smartphones seems to be the inclusion of the home key in the newly launched X2, which is used to trigger the multitasking menu on the device.

Even though the devices are targeting the lower end of the smartphone spectrum, Microsoft, who has previously received flak for not updating Windows Phone 7.x devices to Windows Phone 8, might have to face some angry users.

Source: Conversations | Image via Microsoft Mobile/Nokia

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Its quite common for Microsoft... Lumia with Windows Phone 7 series never got 8 update, although its users were the brave ones to venture out in the new no apps Windows platform..

Everyone here complains but no one here says they own a Nokia X. We don't know how many these phones sold and spending money on the upgrade of them is worth it or not.

WP7 devices and now Nokia X series give me the feeling not to purchase hardware version 1.0 of something Microsoft releases. I'll apply console logic, wait till the second revision.

Sadelwo said,
WP7 devices and now Nokia X series give me the feeling not to purchase hardware version 1.0 of something Microsoft releases. I'll apply console logic, wait till the second revision.

Early adopters Always get screwed.

At least Microsoft is honest. Apple gives every phone a new version number, but they sure don't turn on all the features. That's a bait and switch if you ask me. And we know how Samsung and the other Android OEMs roll. Microsoft is in good company here.

Its not really any different then a lot of existing Android devices. Not all get upgraded to the latest, although you would have thought they would have learned from the WP7 debacle.

Im just wondering if part of this reason for this is the transition from Nokia to Microsoft

Microsoft/Nokia's first venture into Android, and this device not even 3 months old, already "outdated" in terms of hardware (X2 released), and software. Excellent job! This actually makes companies like HTC look great!

So basically anyone who bought the horrible X1 is screwed.

They really need to just pull that abomination from the market completely.

pmbAustin said,
So basically anyone who bought the horrible X1 is screwed.

They really need to just pull that abomination from the market completely.

Isn't it selling well?

I wouldn't think so. And the X2 is far better for less money, so why would it continue to sell? They should just pull it. It's better to not give people that bad initial experience.

macoman said,
What a waste to buy one of these devices. It is like deja vu if you are a Windows 7 user.

How's windows 7 connected?

macoman said,
What a waste to buy one of these devices. It is like deja vu if you are a Windows 7 user.

you mean "It is like deja vu if you are an Android user".

simrat said,

How's windows 7 connected?

don't bother with that.
it's just a clueless guy who doesn't know the difference between windows 7 and windows phone 7.

Edited by link8506, Jun 24 2014, 7:56pm :

primortal said,

Because most Windows Phone 7 devices couldn't upgrade to Windows Phone 8.

but all the WP8 device released during the last 18 months can upgrade to WP8.1.

whereas many (most?) android devices that are less than a year old are stuck on old versions.

primortal said,

Because most Windows Phone 7 devices couldn't upgrade to Windows Phone 8.

Make that "not a single Windows Phone 7 device could upgrade to Windows Phone 8"

That's not true! My Nokia Lumia 810 is definitely not getting an official 8.1 update and I am pretty steamed about it. I have less trust in Nokia, Microsoft, and T-Mobile because of this.