Original Nokia X phones won’t get upgrade to new platform 2.0 software

You might have noticed that Nokia launched the new X2 yesterday, another budget phone which is a step up from the original Nokia X in terms of hardware. The bad news for owners of the first line of these Android Nokia phones is that the fresh platform 2.0 software revealed with the Nokia X2 (pictured above) won't be arriving on their handsets.

The reason? The fact that the hardware on the original devices can't handle the new OS.

In a post on the Conversations blog, Nokia said: "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."

So, further updates can be expected for these phones, but owners will doubtless feel quite aggrieved that they aren't going to get any of the really juicy stuff – particularly given that the Nokia X hasn't been on the market long.

Software platform 2.0 pushes the interface forward across a number of fronts, in terms of home screens, a richer Fastlane experience, easier multi-tasking, a new apps list view, fresh camera UI, and quite a lot more tweaking besides.

The Nokia X2 has seen the CPU speed increased from 1GHz on the Nokia X to 1.2GHz, and memory has been doubled up to 1GB – the latter probably being the cause for the software not being able to squeeze onto the older devices.

It's a shame that Nokia seems to have brought Android's fragmentation baggage along for the ride with its new budget phones.