• This is Not the Nokia Comeback You Were Hoping For

    All through Android's early years, old guard smartphone enthusiasts like myself secretly dreamed of a Nokia-powered Android phone. And in 2017 that dream came true; HMD Global resurrected the brand and gave the world a range of devices running pure Android. The best part is that I can even buy one of them right now from Amazon. Amazon Canada. On Prime.

    So why haven't I? For the simple reason that the new Nokia does not appear to be in the business of selling modding-friendly hardware.

    In a September 29th tweet an HMD exec seemed open to the idea of shipping a phone with an unlockable bootloader; more than four months later this basic requirement for flashing a custom recovery and gaining root access is still nowhere in sight for any North American Nokia device. HMD has also failed to release any kernel sources for their Android builds—which aids in the development of custom ROMs, but more importantly is a legal obligation under the GPL v2.

    The company did a brisk business in 2017, in Asia and Europe at least. Tomi Ahonen estimates year-end handset sales to be around 8.5 million units, or 1% of the global smartphone market. But to win the hearts and minds of the XDA crowd—and for basic compliance with Android's open source license—HMD clearly needs to do better.

    Sources: Tomi Ahonen, XDA

    This article was originally published in forum thread: This is Not the Nokia Comeback You Were Hoping For started by acurrie View original post
    Comments 2 Comments
    1. Ian Brantford's Avatar
      Ian Brantford -
      Similar to Homer Simpson's "It's my first day!", HMD can go "It's my first year!". You'd think that a straightforward licence agreement would be easy enough to fulfill.
    1. beer_wisdom's Avatar
      beer_wisdom -
      Hi guys I really need your help! The amazon support is useless!

      1. Does the phone sold on Amazon support LTE band 4 to work well on Rogers and Freedom?
      2. Is that phone north American or EU version?
      3. Should I get nokia 6 2018 version instead? Again I'm confused about versions and frequencies. I found some on Aliexpress, but it looks like EU version.

      Aliexpress :

      2018 Nokia 6 Second generation 2th TA-1054 4G 32G 64G Android 7 Snapdragon 630 Octa core 5.5'' FHD 16.0MP 3000mAh Mobile phone

      Thanks a lot!!!

      Ps yesterday smashed my Redmi Note 3....((((

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