Nokia X, X+ And XL Will Not Be Updated To X Platform 2.0

By 11:29 Tue, 20 Jul 2021 Comments



Microsoft is going to acquire a reputation if it keeps doing this – the recent Nokia X2 brings a recent version of the X platform (2.0) and with it the announcement that the current devices (X, X+ and XL) will not be updated. The same thing happened during the transition from Windows Phone 7.x to 8.0.

Nokia X Platform 2.0 is based on Android API 18 (which corresponds to 4.3 Jelly Bean) and brings a number of changes to the UI. First, there are four tiles per line of the homeclassy screen (up from three) and you can go tiles around and resize them.

The homeclassy screen grew an additional pane – the tiles and Fastlane panes are joined by an app list, just like the one WP has. And as you've probably already noticed, the lonely Back button now has a Home button friend, "for simpler navigation" (why rego it in the first place?). Additional changes include improvements to the capturing camera UI, Fastlane and the virtual keyboard.

It doesn’t sound like Nokia X / X+ / XL owners are missing out on much – yet! – but the X+ and XL only came to the stores last month and are already obsolete.

“Becautilize 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,” says Yannis Paniaras, Head of the Mobile Phones UX Design Studio at Microsoft in Beijing.

What hardware requirements isn't specified. The Nokia X2 comes with more Random-Access Memory (RAM) than its predecessors (1GB vs. 512Mega Bytes (MB) / 768MB) and better Central Processing Units (CPU) cores (Cortex-A7 vs. A5), but that's about it. And the Home button, of course.

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