Nokia X2 Platform 2.0 Will Not Be Available For Original Handsets

Nokia X2 Platform 2.0 Will Not Be Available For Original Handsets

The Windows Phone 7 story all over? Afraid so. Soon after the official unveil of the new Nokia X2 smartphone, Microsoft share some details about the onboard software.

And it makes for some distressing reading for owners of Nokia X, Nokia X+ and Nokia XL.

Fact is, people that recently bought these three handsets were interested in what they should expect moving forward — that is, in terms of software and firmware updates. And as things stand, the company has some bad news for these folks.

The new platform iteration (Platform 2.0) for the Nokia X family will not be available for these three previous devices.

Yannis Paniaras, Head of the Mobile Phones UX Design Studio at Microsoft in Beijing talked about this in a post on Nokia Conversations, saying:

“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 main reason cited for this is the fact that the Nokia X2 comes with two buttons on the front, namely Back and Home, while the first three devices in the family only came with a single Back button.

But at least Microsoft is planning some updates for the owners of the devices, even if no further details on what these are have been provided at this time. We will have to wait and see how many of the new features introduced with Nokia X2 make the transition to older hardware.

Be interesting to hear what your thoughts are on this, especially if you are a Nokia X (and so on) owner.

  • StevenR

    It is definitely a disappointment, but I’d be lying if I said I was shocked. I hope in the future this changes.

  • Robert Kegel

    They should have made all software buttons like Google did with Android and let everyone upgrade.

  • Lars

    Was this even expected? They’re moving new hardware with new software. That makes sense to me..