Following a very encouraging debut in the incredibly competitive smartphone market back in 2017, Nokia brand licensee HMD Global played almost all of its cards wrong over the last couple of years, releasing just one (horrible) flagship, as well as a heap of increasingly generic and for the most part instantly forgettable low to mid-end models.
Adding insult to injury, the company no longer leads the way in terms of major software updates, kicking off its Android 11 rollout
several months after Samsung despite suggesting back in October 2020
that the huge collection of UI tweaks, improvements, and enhancements would be delivered to as many as four Nokia handsets by the end of last year.
Unfortunately, the same will go for a number of other Nokia-branded devices, according to a revised official Android 11 roadmap shared by a “staff member” on the community webpage earlier today
. That includes the high-end Nokia 9 PureView
from all the way back in 2019, as well as the slightly younger 6.2
All three phones are now slated for a “firm” Q3 Android 11 delivery, being pushed back from Q2 or “Q1-Q2.” Best case scenario, that means owners of these 2019-released devices can expect to leave Android 10 behind at some point in July, while a September rollout is now obviously the worst case scenario.
The good news is there are still a whole bunch of other Nokias set to make the jump to the latest (stable) OS version between now and the end of June, ranging from the entry-level 1 Plus, 1.3
, and 1.4
to the 3.4
, and 5.4
. Some of these models were previously expected to score the hefty Android 11
update by the end of March, but given their humble specifications, you can’t really complain.