Everyone (including me) expected Microsoft to quash the oddity that is the Nokia X soon after taking over the Finnish company's devices arm. Fortunately of unfortunately, BGR India now reports that Microsoft Mobile (formerly Nokia) is working on the next-generation of X-series phones, touted to come with a home button.
According to the report, many users of the Nokia X have complained of the lack of a 'home' button. The phone currently comes with a singular back button which when long-pressed takes users to the home screen. The added step obviously didn't go down well with users, and Microsoft has now set out to fix this.
Apart from sporting a 'Home' button, the report doesn't reveal any further details about the upcoming Nokia X phones. Even if the rumour is true, at this point it isn't even clear if Microsoft will retain the 'Nokia' part of the device's name.
If Microsoft does retain the X-series of phones, the only thing that's clear is its positioning. Nokia created the X to bridge the gap between its feature phones and its more expensive Lumia devices. The X devices pushed Nokia and Microsoft's own apps and even the tiled interface you get on WP devices, all in the hope retain customers within their own environment.
A passing comment Stephan Elop once made was that the prices of the Asha, Nokia X and Lumia devices will continue to come down. At a time when Microsoft has made its Windows operating system free-for-use on devices with screen sizes smaller than 9-inches, one could question why even have the X series of phones?
Still, better pricing, better features and better performance are three things we'd love to see from the Nokia X. Companies like Motorola are revolutionising the entry-level smartphone market with devices like the Moto E and Moto G, and all we could ask for closely matched rivals in consumers see as much or more value.