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Nokia Wants to Release Near-Stock Android Devices a la Nexus

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Back in its glory days, Nokia was the name to trust when it came to cellphones. But ever since iOS and Android smartphones came to the picture, Nokia struggled to remain relevant and was left behind. And even though there had been several buyouts and other attempts with Nokia to create another OS to compete with iOS and Android, the company struggled to live up to their former status. But this all changes with Nokia's announcement that they were entering the Android ecosystem.

The HMD-owned company first made the announcement not too long ago, promising that its Android smartphones would come with features capable of competing against some of the devices available in today's market. And rightly so, the company unveiled three Android smartphones back in MWC 2017-- the Nokia 3, Nokia 5, and the Nokia 6. Among these three devices, the Nokia 6 is the flagship device and is equipped with a 5.5-inch 1080p display. It runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor with 3GB of RAM, and a 15-megapixel rear-facing camera. This smartphone model is said to be priced at around $243. The two others will be a lot cheaper than the flagship model yet are still very competitive.

But how can a company, such as Nokia, stand out against the other smartphone manufacturers? For one thing, the three Android smartphones Nokia will be releasing pretty soon all run pure Android 7.1.1 Nougat straight out of the box. This is one big way Nokia is setting itself apart from other smartphone manufacturers, especially since most of them still have devices being released with Android 7.0 Nougat and are still hoping for an update soon. Through this, Nokia wishes to use this to their advantage.

As recently announced by HMD Global, they will be implementing a strategic partnership with both Google and Foxconn, in the hopes of furthering its gains for the next year. The announcement was made by HMD Global's VP for the Middle East and Africa Per Ekman, who promises Nokia will be a running a near stock Android experience-- an approach that paved the way for Nexus' success.

"Most of the smartphones in the market do not have the Android OS in the way it should be," Ekman shared in his announcement. "Vendors are adding a skin on top of the OS. Consumers have the right to have the latest version in the OS, and we will be pushing the latest version and the patches as soon as it is available from Google."

By being able to keep their smartphones at a stock or near-stock level, Nokia would be able to minimize the resources needed for their devices to undergo internal testing. Consumers no longer have to wait for an Android OS update, which often doesn't happen for at least several months.

In the past, smartphone manufacturers have promised their customers that they will be pushing timely updates. Unfortunately, many of these manufacturers have struggled to keep that promise. The question now is whether or not Nokia can actually deliver on theirs.


Source: KnowYourMobile

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  1. Nokia still has a great reputation, I will Definitely check it out.

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  2. I hope they will also have unlocked bootloaders so the device can be flashed with custom Android builds.

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    1. That would be a bad idea because it would break Android Pay, most banking apps and some other apps.

      Hopefully they will be sold with locked bootloaders that can be unlocked by users who understand the tradeoffs involved.

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    2. Toggles to unlock the bootloader and root the device should be added to Developer Options.

      That's just about the only amazing thing Nokia could do with near-stock Android to make its phones the overwhelming "fan favorites" among hobbyists.

      That way, even if updates un-root or re-lock the bootloader, it'll never actually be a problem.

      And if it supported Band 12 VoLTE, I'd even choose a Nokia over the new G5 Plus providing the specs were competitive.

      But unless they're willing to empower owners of their phones to fully own their phones like PC users fully own their PCs, they're just gonna set themselves up to lose to Motonovo.

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  3. How does that effect banking apps?

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  4. Most check for an unlocked bootloader and refuse to work if they find it. Do a web search for "Android Safety Net" if you want to know more.

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    1. So banking apps dont work on rooted phones?

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    2. Magisk + Magisk Manager resolve this problem

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  5. SMH...where to start.

    HMD does not "own" Nokia, they produce phones for them under a licensing agreement. HMD is a private company established by former Nokia execs and employees and Nokia itself has a seat on the board.

    The 6 is not a "flagship" device. While capable, it's spec sheet doesn't compete. The 9, however yet unannounced, is set to be the flagship and will more than likely be announced for Q4 2017. Snapdragon 835 chip shortage has pushed it back.

    Regardless, none of these devices have been announced for U.S. market and none of the 3 devices HMD has announced so far will support anything band-wise fully or correctly at this time. Cart before the horse. Best wait for HMD and Nokia to announce actual U.S. models, which rumor is they will be different phones altogether.

    Appreciate the PREPAID PHONE NEWS, you do it well. Stay off the devices, leave that to Phone Arena to slaughter.

    Cheers.

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    1. I was about to say, doesn't nokia just resell some other companies phones

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  6. Looks like late April or early May release.

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  7. I was actually looking forward to these Nokia phones, but now I'm disappointed that there is none that is Flagship level.

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  8. They need to support all carriers to replace Nexus. I highly doubt they will, but I've got my fingers crossed.

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  9. with their best device having only a SD430, I can wait out and see if they come out with something more compelling and actually stick with their goals. i'd love to see a mostly-stock experience with timely updates, but that's an admittedly big fish to fry. plus, you could get a comparably-spec'd moto g4 play for much less and get the same experience, more or less.

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  10. Anyone knows how fast (in weeks ) does MOTO typically take to push out Android updates?

    I wonder if how much Nokia will do better then MOTO in terms of Android update speed?

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    1. Motorola is updating its devices to Nougat 3 to 8 months after Google.

      Google updated Pixel and Nexus devices to Nougat August 22, 2016.
      The Verizon Moto Z Droid and Z Force Droid got Nougat Nov 18, 2016, 3 moths after Google.
      The Moto Z , G4 and G4 Plus got Nougat in late December in some non-US markets - 4 moths after the Google Release.
      The US Moto Z got Nougat Feb 6, 2017 5 1/2 months after Google
      USA Moto G4 and G4 Plus get Nougat March 3, 2017 6 1/2 months after Google.
      The Moto X PE is rumored to be getting Nougat in May, 2017, 8 months after Google.

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  11. This i hope is NOT fake news.

    What's in it for me, Google may ask Nokia. Now Google is making 'more' money from Pixels. Why Google should give its secret sauce/patents or whatever for free to Nokia? Assuming that Nokia's this version is compatible with Project Fi.

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  12. I have no use for phone payment systems. I do like the idea of a nearly plain android.

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    1. Android Pay is entirely reliant on every place you visit being a well funded chain store with the most up to date payment processing equipment.

      Unless you live at McDonald's, that's a huge stretch considering all the times having a physical wallet will come in handy.

      And if you ever come into some cash or change, your mobile wallet won't even be able to carry it.

      The fact is, we're nowhere near the walletless society we'd need to justify mobile payments, the same way some establishments use landlines you can't call (for free) via Whatsapp or Facebook Messenger.

      With that being the case, breaking Android Pay isn't a good reason to lock bootloaders.

      On the other hand, unlocked bootloaders are a great incentive for Android Pay to adapt and innovate until it figures out how to do systemless security independent of the "Safety Net."

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    2. If I have choice of Android, Apple, Samsung Pay, I wont choose Android.

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  13. Will these phones be usable on ALL carriers, like the iphone 6/7, galaxy 7, and the moto g4?

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    1. No, as I posted earlier. None of these announced Nokia phones support all United States bands at this time. You buy any one of these and have it imported, it will only support 3G on T-Mobile's network as of now. Good luck with that.

      Cart-before-horse article. Fast news becomes fake news.

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    2. All news is fake news until it's proven to adhere to your own ideological worldview.

      Also, the device specs might even turn out to be alternative facts, so we might as well reserve judgment until Nokia drops their load on the US market.

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  14. "If I have choice of Android, Apple, Samsung Pay, I wont choose Android."

    And Apple Pay has the major disadvantage of running on only one brand out of many.

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    1. So does Samsung Pay :)

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    2. "So does Samsung Pay :)"

      Huh? Samsung Pay has an already sizeable list of compatible phones and devices from 12+ companies, and is growing..... Samsung itself being just one of the many companies making devices that work with it.

      http://www.androidcentral.com/samsung-pay-now-open-all-supported-devices-us

      Apple Pay, since its inception, has only worked on one phone brand, and there is no sign it will ever ever change.

      This is why Samsung Pay has been an unexpected success, and Apple Pay has gone all "Newton"

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    3. @Anon648, I don't know what you're trying to say. Samsung Pay also works across only one brand of phones: Samsung. Different models (S6, S6 Edge, S7, etc.) yes, but they're all still Samsung. You can't make Samsung Pay work on another OEM's phone. Similarly, Apple Pay works on iPhone 6 on, including SE, and some iPads as well. Maybe the Watch too, but I'm not sure.

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  15. Can the new Nokia 3, 5 & 6 phones be used prepaid ? Thanks.

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    1. The Nokia 3, 5 and 6 will work on any GSM network prepaid or postpaid. But wait for Nokia to release versions with better US band support. The European and Chinese market phones currently available would be limited to 2G on T-Mobile and mostly 3G on AT&T.

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