Nokia showed off its first Android devices back at the Mobile World Congress earlier this year. Dubbed Nokia X the lineup consists of three models, Nokia X, X+ and the XL. There’s bad news for those who have a Nokia X. Microsoft won’t be updating it to X Platform 2.0. Microsoft, which owns Nokia’s devices business now, officially launched the Nokia X2 earlier today.
These devices run on a heavily modified version of Android that is called X Platform. Some might even say that the user interface borrows certain elements from Windows Phone. The core OS might be Android but since there’s no Google Services access, competing services from Microsoft fill the gap.
The new Nokia X2 is powered by X Platform 2.0. This software is based on Android API 18 which corresponds to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. It brings a handful of changes for the user interface, including the ability to move homescreen tiles and resize them.
An additional pane has been added to the homescreen, and an app list joins the tiles and Fastlane panes. “For simpler navigation” a Home button has been added alongside the Back button. Other changes in X Platform 2.0 include improvements for the keyboard, camera UI and Fastlane.
It has been confirmed on the Nokia Conversations blog that due to “necessary hardware upgrades,” the X Platform 2.0 update won’t be released for Nokia X, X+ and XL devices. However this doesn’t mean that software support has ended for those devices. Microsoft promises updates for these devices that will “further improve the experience” over the coming months.