HMD Global bought the Nokia brand a few years ago and began producing a handful of Nokia handsets; some that resemble Nokia models from the past, but most are iPhone-like knockoffs; rounded corner, flat glass display, dual cameras, Android inside. But Nokia decided to pull a rabbit from Apple’s hat.
Regardless of your smartphone preferences, there are a number of components in iPhone that Android might want to copy but does a very, very poor job imitating Apple. What?
Upgrades. iOS upgrades. The latest iOS– 13– is due in a few weeks and already, more than a billion of Apple’s customers have upgraded to the latest version, iOS 12.x That is an upgrade path that Android’s great unwashed masses of customers just never see. Android’s latest– the one before
Android Quiche Android 10, has an installed user base of barely 10-percent.
Nobody does upgrades like Apple. In fact, the hardware maker is so good with upgrades that for years after you buy a new Mac, iPhone, or iPad, the device gets better with each upgrade. A new iOS makes last year’s iPhone better than when it was original. More features, more capabilities, more privacy and security.
Henry Burrell explains the plans:
The same day Google dropped the dessert naming scheme and christened its next mobile OS as Android 10, HMD Global has announced that all its current Nokia phones will receive Android 10 by mid-2020.
Android Q did not become Android Quiche as I hoped. Instead, Google copied Apple again and decided to go with Android 10. Since Android was around before Apple launched iPhone you might think the number would be higher, but, hey, math can be a bitch to folks in marketing.
Upgrades are what Apple does best. Android users with recent Galaxy models might see Android Quiche soon; Google Pixel users, too.
Nokia phones were fairly fast to update from Oreo to Pie and are helped by the fact that many of them run Android One, a virtually stock version of Android that is presumably much easier to upgrade as there is no skin or front end changes to make to the software.
We are the only manufacturer 100% committed to having the latest Android across the entire portfolio
Uh huh. Mid-2020.
Funny, right? They’re committed but they know it won’t happen. Look at how long it will take for Android Quiche to make it to all those Nokia phones (graph in the link). Some won’t see the update until next year, about when Google releases Android R. Rocket? Rose? Rattlesnake?
I thought we were done with snacks.