The Finland-based phone maker officially introduced Nokia X2 a few days ago and besides hardware improvements the new smartphone runs Nokia’s software platform 2.0 out of the box. It seems though that the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean-based Nokia X 2.0 software platform won’t be available for the Nokia X, Nokia X+, or Nokia XL. The confirmation comes from Nokia themselves, on their Conversations blog.
Microsoft and Nokia said that they won’t be able to bring Android 4.3 Jelly Bean on the likes of Nokia X, Nokia X+, and Nokia XL because of the hardware limitations of the three aforementioned smartphones. Even though the two companies failed to revealed more details the RAM is most likely the problem.
As you may know, the recently-announced Nokia X2 features 1 GB of RAM, while Nokia X has 512 MB of RAM, and Nokia X+ and Nokia XL arrive with 768 MB of RAM. As I was mentioning above, we believe the amount of memory is the reason why the three older Nokia smartphones won’t get updated to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. The first version of Nokia’s software platform was based on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, highly customized with a skin meant to bring an Windows Phone-like interface.
Even though Nokia’s first gen X smartphones won’t get updated to Android 4.3, Microsoft assured the users that Nokia X, X+, and XL will receive performance updates sometimes soon. Nokia X has enjoyed good sales, especially on the Indian market where the smartphone costs Rs. 6,499 which is about $100. Even though the Nokia X2 is the obvious choice now, I wonder how the X, X+, and XL customers will react to Microsoft decision not to offer support for Android 4.3.
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