When HMD International took up Nokia’s legacy, it wished to make an excellent impression within the Android market. It got down to outdo bigger firms by providing one thing these behemoths are not often capable of, promising lengthy durations of software program updates or “pure” Android experiences. Over time, nevertheless, the Android panorama has shifted a bit, and extra telephone makers are beginning to do proper by their prospects. Satirically, it appears that evidently HMD International is now experiencing at the least one downside in retaining that promise and is advising folks to purchase a brand new Nokia telephone as a substitute in the event that they really need Android 11.
On the middle of this small drama is the Nokia 9 PureView. Launched in 2019, the telephone is without doubt one of the few Nokia fashions that might be thought of a flagship, even when its Snapdragon 845 processor is behind the occasions. Its declare to fame is its PureView identify, inherited from the Nokia 808 and Nokia Lumia 920, in addition to the distinctive penta-camera system.
That function, sadly, is likely to be the reason for its early demise in addition to HMD International’s embarrassment. The telephone launched with Android 9 and was promised each Android 10 and Android 11. It did get that promised Android 10 replace, however the ball will cease rolling after that, eradicating any hope of Android 11 and past.
In keeping with HMD International‘s official assertion, the tough choice was reached as a result of they couldn’t get Android 11 working in a means that meets the corporate’s excessive requirements. Particularly, it discovered incompatibilities with the telephone’s cameras and Android 11 software program that have been both insurmountable or not well worth the effort. HMD International determined to only quit and make amends in different methods.
On the one hand, HMD International may not be utterly at fault right here. The cameras have been made by an organization named Mild, which exited the smartphone market final 12 months. Which may have made it tough for HMD International to collaborate on points surrounding the weird digicam setup. However, HMD International ought to have most likely held Mild accountable with some type of settlement that legally binds Mild to supply assist for these cameras till after the Nokia 9 PureView’s finish of official assist.
Sadly, we aren’t aware about negotiations behind the scenes, and we’ll have to only give HMD International the good thing about the doubt. It isn’t leaving Nokia 9 PureView with out some compensation, although, and is providing a 50% low cost on buying a Nokia XR20 or different telephones. That’s in the event that they’re actually intent on utilizing an Android 11 telephone.
That additionally does counsel, nevertheless, that assist for the Nokia 9 PureView is likely to be coming to an finish actually quickly. Though the corporate isn’t saying something but, future safety patches might turn into tougher as nicely as a result of that very same scenario. Whereas different Nokia telephones aren’t as eccentric as this, it’d elevate some questions on whether or not HMD International will use the identical excuse when it runs into comparable roadblocks in future telephones.