Nokia is rumored to be delaying Android updates to boost Nokia 8.1 sales

Nokia is rumored to be delaying Android updates to boost Nokia 8.1 sales
UPDATE: We have received the following statement from HMD Global on the matter: “There is no purposeful delay. As soon as the upgrade to Android Pie is ready and we can be sure that it delivers the best experience for our fans, we will begin the update cycle. We are committed to a pure, secure and up-to-date Android experience which involves rigorous testing to ensure no part of that commitment is compromised.” The original article continues below:

When it comes to pushing out software updates Nokia usually does it quickly and within the announced timeframe. Back in October, though, the company promised that the Nokia 8 and Nokia 8 Sirocco would receive the Android 9 Pie update in November. This hasn't happened because of issues, according to HMD Global, but today we may have found out another reason why.

According to one industry source, the Android 9 Pie updates for the Nokia 5, Nokia 6, and Nokia 8 are finalized and have been for quite some time – the Nokia 8 was recently spotted running Android Pie. But rather surprisingly, it's claimed that the company is withholding certain updates in the hope of boosting sales of newer devices.

While the Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 models are expected to receive the updates sometime this month or in early January – still pretty early considering the models are almost two years old – users of the original Nokia 8 may have to wait quite a while longer.

Despite the promise of receiving the update last month, it’s claimed that HMD Global’s Chief Product Officer, Juho Sarvikas, took the decision in early November (when the update was ready) to push back its release. The reason behind this being that he believes a delay will push consumers to buy the newer Nokia 8.1 – consumers tend to prefer buying smartphones with the newest software.

According to the source, the original Nokia 8 will now receive its Android Pie update on the last day of December or possibly even early January, essentially two months later than promised if true.

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89 Comments

91. BadMike

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 09, 2018

I just hope that the update fixes the microphone issue that loads of Nokia 8 owners have been having which makes phone calls an absolute nightmare. My first Nokia phone was a Mobira Cityman (Google it) so I am a very long term supporter of the brand but if the microphone issue is not resolved by this update not only will I never buy Nokia again I will actively encourage anyone I come into contact to do likewise. My only decision will be OnePlus 6T or Poco F1.

73. Venom

Posts: 4095; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Smh, Nokia you already have a few strikes against you. Don't do this. Just update your phones and keep people happy.

80. meanestgenius

Posts: 23040; Member since: May 28, 2014

"Nokia" isn't doing this. They don't make phones anymore. HMD has already debunked these rumors in the links I've provided. One is right above you.

95. Venom

Posts: 4095; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

So they're backtracking and trying to save face? Essential already has the Pie update, so there's no excuse for the delay.

97. meanestgenius

Posts: 23040; Member since: May 28, 2014

So you're assuming that it's backtracking to save face? Must be because you don't like HMD to begin with. Essential released the Pie update with issues. HMD is making sure iron out the kinks before releasing it. That's the way it should be done.

46. meanestgenius

Posts: 23040; Member since: May 28, 2014

Here is the link with the reply from someone from Nokia Mobile/HMD: https://twitter.com/phonearena/status/1071081912951803904?s=20

45. meanestgenius

Posts: 23040; Member since: May 28, 2014

Joshua, someone from Nokia has replied to your article.

23. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

This is all true to most android users. That’s why fragmentation in android is an all time high.

18. Letterboxfrog

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 07, 2018

Poor form if true. Keeping phones and computers as up to date as possible is the best form of security.

13. whatev

Posts: 2456; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

I was once a huge Nokia fan and I wish the old Nokia came back to life, this thing isn’t Nokia

20. meanestgenius

Posts: 23040; Member since: May 28, 2014

This is definitely Nokia. So many ex Nokia employees are working for HMD now.

51. whatev

Posts: 2456; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

The essence is lost, the phones they are releasing aren’t anything special, even when Nokia was making lumia phones they could easily differentiate from the competitors with beautiful designs and many features that the others didn’t have, these new phones are just android clones and the worst thing is they are copying apple, Samsung and others, Nokia never had that tendency in the past, this is not the real Nokia that many of us once loved

61. meanestgenius

Posts: 23040; Member since: May 28, 2014

The essence is definitely still there. HMD’s Nokia branded smartphones are gorgeous and very well built, just like the Nokia of old. Lumia phones had no more features than other smartphone out there. The crowning achievement of Lumia smartphones was the 1020, and the 808 Pureview running Symbian still took better photos, IMO. And what copying is HMD doing of Samsung and Apple with their smartphones? You can’t say the notch, because Essential had one first. HMD is much more Nokia than “Microsoft Mobile” ever was. HMD is the real deal.

63. whatev

Posts: 2456; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Polycarbonate body, high sensitivity touch screens, puremotion hd, cameras with ois, wireless charging, not to mention Nokia’s exclusive software, there wasn’t any phone in terms of hardware as competitive, the only problem was windows phone

65. meanestgenius

Posts: 23040; Member since: May 28, 2014

What exclusive software? And didn’t every other OEM at that time have “exclusive software”? Windows Phone wasn’t the first to introduce wireless charging, or ois in the camera. Android phones were just as competitive, if not more so, than Windows Phone at that time. I know you don’t like Android, but you have to give props where props are due.

68. whatev

Posts: 2456; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nokia_Lumia_920 Before making a statement do your research first, don’t make yourself look like an ignorant

69. meanestgenius

Posts: 23040; Member since: May 28, 2014

Image stabilization has been around on smartphone cameras since 2007 with the the LG Viewty. For someone throwing the word ignorant around, you sure are ignorant yourself, especially when you go on your tirades against Android manufacturers.

72. whatev

Posts: 2456; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Well I thought you knew but OIS stands for “Optical Image Stabilization” not Digital Image Stabilizatio, again, research before posting ignorant comments son

77. meanestgenius

Posts: 23040; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lmao it's clear that you didn't know that image stabilization was around before the Lumia's. Thanks for admitting it, and carry on with your ignorance, little girl.

81. whatev

Posts: 2456; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Was I talking about image stabilization or OIS (optical image stabilization)? :))))))))))) Read the whole article in the link darling and stop reaching, you’re looking desperate https://www.phonearena.com/news/This-was-the-first-cameraphone-ever-to-offer-image-stabilization_id64029

84. meanestgenius

Posts: 23040; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lmao! That's exactly where I got my info from about the Lumia line not being the first to offer image stabilization. Thanks for posting it for me, and stop deflecting from the facts. You look desperate.

87. whatev

Posts: 2456; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Again, did I mention only “image stabilization” or did I specifically mention OIS? :)))))) You are running circles desperate cause you think you got that point and you don’t, lmao, the same for wireless charging, the Lumia 920 was the first phone to offer that feature out of the box, period, and before the lumias, Nokia set trends with their N series and E series, this isn’t happening anymore with these atrocities they put the Nokia name on, now go back to your cave and take care of your husband, he might be waiting for his usual blo***b courtesy of your big mouth, I’m off, I have no time for rude ladies like you. Bye < 3

89. meanestgenius

Posts: 23040; Member since: May 28, 2014

"Image stabilization" is in the word OIS. So yeah, you technically did mention it. Don't get mad at me for pointing out the fact that image stabilization was something brought to the mobile industry before the Lumia's. Learn from the knowledge that I have given you, little girl. And you are denying the fact that wireless charging was done by Palm first with its Pre and Pixi lines before Lumia's as well. The second Pre Plus offered it as standard, so stop trying to move the goalpost. You're embarrassing yourself. I have always said that the Nokia of old running Symbian has set standards, and not once did I deny that. It's you that keep backtracking since I've been setting you straight about the lackluster Lumia line. Now pull up your panties, put your skirt back on, head back home to that rock you live under in that swampy Marsh and have a jar of that gator water that incest-spawned females like you love so much. ;)

71. meanestgenius

Posts: 23040; Member since: May 28, 2014

It was the Palm Pre, announced in 2009, that offered inductive charging BEFORE the Lumia 920 was even released, which was 2012. Palms Pre Plus and Pixie phones, both released before the Lumia 920, offered it as well. Again, do your research before commeting so you don't look ignorant.

75. whatev

Posts: 2456; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Really???? :))))) Was it built in like the 920? Or did it require a special back cover just like the GS3 back in that moment??? :)))))))) Are you going to keep reaching or will accept that I’m right for once and for all?

78. meanestgenius

Posts: 23040; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lmao! Does it matter? Did it introduce it before the Lumia smartphones? Yep. You can't accept the fact that something was done before the Lumia line, so you're going to keep living in denial about it lmao!

82. whatev

Posts: 2456; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Now you’re reaching since you know you lost, you’re like your boyfriend the granny of PhoneArena, pathetic narcissistic a$$holes lmao

85. meanestgenius

Posts: 23040; Member since: May 28, 2014

Now you're reaching longer than stretch Armstrong because you can't dispute the fact that wireless charging was done by palm before the Lumia line. And of course, you resort to your pathetic insults because I've made you look like the ignorant btch that you are. Lmao!

64. whatev

Posts: 2456; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

I’m sorry but there’s nothing special about these new “Nokia” phones, they can’t stand out from another brand like the real Nokia did in the past

66. meanestgenius

Posts: 23040; Member since: May 28, 2014

They stand out better than Nokia Windows Phone ever did. I’m sorry, but Nokia going Windows Phone was a huge mistake. It brought them no competitive advantage, and they paid for it dearly. The Nokia brand under HMD is much better, but you won’t admit that because it’s Android, and you hate Android. Your view is completely biased.

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