Nokia X2 has plenty of software enhancements, but first-gen owners aren't up for an upgrade

Nokia X2 has plenty of software enhancements, but first-gen owners aren't up for an upgrade
Microsoft has detailed the improvements brought by the Nokia X2's upgraded software platform. While the updates are substantial, owners of first-generation Nokia X devices will be less than ecstatic to learn the new platform won't be reaching the Nokia X, XL, or XL+. "However, more updates will be coming to further improve the experience of those devices in the coming months.” - reassures Microsoft. Either way, we bet some enterprising developers will find more than one way to bring the updated goodies over to those forsaken first-gen devices.

So, what is the X2-owning elite being treated to? For starters, the home-screen is expanded with room for four tiles side-by-side. An app drawer has been added, in the shape of an app list. It lets you scroll up and down to browse apps, or use the search to quickly find what you're after. Multitasking has been revamped - a task manager is available by holding the Back key, showing running apps and a shortcut to close them quickly.

Moreover, the virtual keyboard has been "rebuilt from scratch" and "works much better, and looks nicer, too," according to Microsoft. Other improvements have been made to the control panel, camera UI, Fastlane, and "throughout the rest of the OS".

Will these features form a powerful enough arsenal to combat the entry-level king that is the Motorola Moto E? We admit we have our doubts, as the first-generation Nokia X left us quite disappointed. But we won't be falling for prejudices until we've given this baby a spin.

source: Nokia Conversations

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6 Comments

1. zennacko unregistered

They had a heavily modified and somehow outdated android build (4.1.2 IIRC) for the first X. Let's hope they come with a heavily modified (Microsoft and Google aren't best friends so, it won't be "vanilla") but updated android build. After all, Moto E is a competitor running KitKat out of the box, and it shall be updated for a while... Either way, I'm very curious to see what they have really improved on the X2. Microsoft got talent to do great devices (such as Zune HD, that I still don't get why they stopped making it) and talent to ruin great ideas (Kin phones made out of a "zune-like" interface and firmware.)

2. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

So Nokia basically is pulling a Microsoft (Remember no WP8 for WP7 owners). Nice to see they're learning new things from their new parents. Android ain't your cup of tea, Nokia.

4. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

WP7 to 8 was due to kernel change , People criticize WP for than but what about android ? what the excuse for most android devices not getting updates ?

5. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

No excuse for stupidity. Buy a brand that has a good track record of software update. I switch from Motorola to HTC to LG to Samsung. When Samsung keep updating my galaxy tab 7.7 from honeycomb to ICS to Jelly bean. I know I have found the right brand. From then bought Note 2, buy Note 3, buy Note Pro 12.2 Looking forward to buy Note 4.

3. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

What was the whole deal of "bringing back the old days" or whatever? You guys mentioned the possible use of an old OS again, but there wasn't that, so what was it?

6. saratew

Posts: 28; Member since: Apr 15, 2012

I like it, X2.

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