Sad news for people who already have Nokia’s first Android offering
The recently announced Nokia X2 not only offers a new set of hardware, but a newly overhauled Nokia X Platform 2.0, which essentially the OS of the device and is a modified version of Android. Microsoft has added a new app list to the mix, as well as optimizations to the OS that’ll lead to a richer, faster and easier experience, at least according to Yannis Paniaras, Head of the Mobile Phones UX Design Studio at Microsoft in Beijing.
There’s a catch though – much like how Windows Phone 7.x couldn’t be updated to 8.0, the first iterations of the Nokia X, which includes the X, X+ and XL won’t be able to be upgraded to the new software platform.
“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,” Yannis says on the Nokia Conversations blog.
What exactly those necessary hardware upgrades wasn’t explicitly mentioned, though we suspect that it would have to do with the previous versions not having enough RAM (the Nokia X2 has 1GB of RAM, the highest RAM that the previous devices had was only 768 MB). It’s a bit of a bummer, and are sure to disappoint current users of the Nokia X line of smartphones, considering that the devices are only a few months old.