Rumor claims next-gen Nokia X phones in development, will have home button

Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia's Devices and Service division in April will apparently not stop development of its Android smartphones. A new report from BGR India claims that the next-generation versions of the Nokia X family are in development, and that they will come with a home button for the first time.

The report, which cites unnamed sources, claims that many people who bought the Nokia X earlier this year didn't like the fact that it only had a back button at the bottom. However, many of these users may be unaware that a long-press on that button will return them to the Nokia X home screen. Nonetheless, the BGR India story claims that Microsoft wants to make access to the home screen easier, leading to the decision to introduce a dedicated home button.

The story didn't reveal any more information about the hardware inside the next Nokia X smartphones. It's assumed that they will continue to use a forked version of Google's Android OS with its own user interface. 

Source: BGR India

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I wonder, how much MS is fining itself for using Android. JK

All joking aside, it seem that MS becoming a service company as well is leveraging Android to get people to us their services. I am sure they are hoping that people will eventually move to a mid-range of high end Lumia device if they decide to move up to a more powerful device.

This is insane! Why is MS spending so much of its resources developing Android products, instead of products around its own platforms? Does the company think this makes it morally superior? That is able to rise above the fray of partisanship? Everybody is happy about this except the company's base supporters.

Microsoft is a fool. It is like a man trying to chase 10 women at the same time instead of being loyal to one. In the end, it will probably lose all of them.

Patmore Douglas said,
This is insane! Why is MS spending so much of its resources developing Android products, instead of products around its own platforms?

Because they're not stupid. There's going to be people who prefer a different platform no matter what... some people prefer Android, some prefer iOS, some WP.. and no matter how shiny or inexpensive the competition is they're not going to switch. Why should they turn a blind eye to potential customers? That's just silly.

Patmore Douglas said,
This is insane! Why is MS spending so much of its resources developing Android products, instead of products around its own platforms?.

Well for a start, it was Nokia that was "spending so much of its resources" on the Nokia X, not Microsoft. And this latest rumour is just that, a rumour.

The Nokia X series of phones are pointless now that we have the Motorola Moto G and Moto E phones. Why would i want a nokia phone with proprietary apps when i can get a near-stock android rom on a motorola device?

torrentthief said,
Why would i want a nokia phone with proprietary apps when i can get a near-stock android rom on a motorola device?

Choice is a wonderful thing. That and maybe not everybody wants a Motorola device.

Max Norris said,

Choice is a wonderful thing. That and maybe not everybody wants a Motorola device.

If the next version of these "phones" is anything like the current one, you'd be dumb to choose this one over a moto g or e

SharpGreen said,
you'd be dumb to choose this one over a moto g or e

Ahh I do so love the unbiased opinions displayed on this site.. my way or you're an idiot. So refreshing.

That said I don't own either this or any Motorola products, I have my own devices that I like.. but hey thanks for shoving your opinion down everyone's throat.

Max Norris said,

Ahh I do so love the unbiased opinions displayed on this site.. my way or you're an idiot. So refreshing.

That said I don't own either this or any Motorola products, I have my own devices that I like.. but hey thanks for shoving your opinion down everyone's throat.


Unlike most people on this site I don't say that unless I have someway to back it up.

Compare the current Nokia X to a Moto G and then tell me you'd still pick the Nokia X over the Moto G or E.

Edit: Also way to read. I never said anything about anyone being an idiot.

Edited by SharpGreen, May 19 2014, 11:25pm :

SharpGreen said,
Unlike most people on this site I don't say that unless I have someway to back it up.

The only thing you're "backing up" is your opinion. I also never said I'd want a Nokia X either... but far be it from me to dictate what people should buy and then insult them if they pick something else.

SharpGreen said,
Edit: Also way to read. I never said anything about anyone being an idiot.

Way to comprehend English. You just said you'd be dumb to pick something else... not exactly a lot of ways you can interpret such a statement as anything but a childish retort.

How are the X phones selling anyway? If they're selling well, I don't see why they wouldn't continue development.

Never going to happen. Never, Never, Never!

Wait, don't listen to me. I once said the same thing about never (never, never, never) selling the Xbox One without the Kinect. That being said, with my lousy record pontificating about all things Microsoft, they should be announcing a high end MS/Nokia device with Android by the end of the day. :)

Orange Battery said,
In need of a high end MS/Nokia handset with Android on it.

Something like a 1020 running stock Android would be heaven.

Orange Battery said,
In need of a high end MS/Nokia handset with Android on it.

I heard it will be released right alongside a new iPhone running Windows Phone.

Ultimately MS wants their phones in peoples hands. Since release I've seen more Nokia X phones in developing countries I've traveled in than Windows Phones.

Umm which countries have you seen Nokia X devices? On my travels, I've see TONS of people with Nokia Lumias in places like Jordan, India, Kenya, China and Turkey.

Shame... Theres no flippin need for them.
Wouldn't Microsoft rather further refine its devices to run on low low end devices? Its already fairly good considering WindowsPhone is built and tested against low end devices so that high end devices have no issues at all running the OS, then they can flood the overseas markets with el cheapo windows devices for emerging markets

What a pickle Nokia put Microsoft in developing them things

If the whole purpose of the device was to get users onto Microsoft services couldn't that be done using a much smoother experience that is WindowsPhone?

Mind boggling stuff

I seriously doubt Nokia X done without Microsoft consent. Actually if you look at the GUI it is obvious that Microsoft orchestrated the whole thing.

Agree. Of course, Microsoft green-lighted this from the beginning.

Either way, if they're going to go forward with this, then they might as well make the OS/UI look just like Windows Phone. I mean, why even bother with this middling thing? It just creates confusion.

What's the best way to bring MS services to Android ? This.
They had heavily touted about Outlook, OneDrive , Office and several services on Launch of Nokia X lineup.
Think about it this way , there were and several fans who wanted a Nokia Android phone, and releasing one with all these services is a cheap way to gain userbase and popularity in Android world. MS is also developing apps (better I'd say) for iOS and Android to do the same.

I understand the strategy. My point is that they should just make the OS/UI look like Windows Phone--same tiles, etc. This way, when someone pics up a phone made by Microsoft, it will have a similar look & feel... and run the same "services"--Office, Skype, etc.

Since Android is an inferior OS on low-end devices, Microsoft can push Windows Phone OS as the "upgrade" with better performance and more consistency.