Upgrade Debacle: First Generation Nokia X Series Devices Won’t Receive Nokia X Software Platform 2.0 Update


Microsoft yesterday announced the new Nokia X2 Android based device which comes with enhanced specs compared to the first generation Nokia X, with a larger 4.3” ClearBlack display, 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon 200 processor, 1GB of RAM, 5MP camera and a 1800mAh battery. The other significant news is the release of Nokia X software platform 2.0 along with Nokia X2. The latest software platform release includes the following improvements,

  • The home screen experience has really evolved with extra room for additional tiles;
  •  There’s also the new home button; you can long-press the back button for easier multitasking;
  •  The new apps list view;
  • Fastlane has gotten richer, with more app detail exposed.
  • The new camera UI
  • Improvements in the control panel and more.

The bad news is that this software update won’t be made available for first gen Nokia X devices like Nokia X, X+ and XL. This is again the WP7 story repeated. While the first gen Nokia X devices has just started the sales in many of the emerging markets, it is already out of date to receive the next software platform update. In fact the devices are just 4 months old!

“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.”

Sad to see Microsoft/Nokia are repeating their mistake again after the WP7/WP8 platform reset.

Source: Conversations