HMD Global announces three years of OS updates for mid-range Nokia devices; two years for budget handsets and not necessarily anything for the Nokia C-series
HMD Global has joined Google, OnePlus and LG in offering three years of OS updates for some of its smartphones. Currently, this only applies to the Nokia X-series, as we reported last week. Presumably, this will also apply to higher-end Nokia smartphones from now on, although it is unclear if HMD Global still plans to release the long-awaited Nokia 9.3 PureView this year.
Unfortunately, HMD Global has decided to sell the Nokia G-series short. While the Nokia G-series and X-series will receive three years of monthly security updates, HMD Global has afforded the former just two OS updates. In our opinion, HMD Global should not be tying a smartphone's price to the length of its software support. Hopefully, custom ROMs can pick up the slack in this regard.
The new C-series is another story, though. HMD Global has not committed to delivering any OS updates to the Nokia C10 and Nokia C20, which run Android 11 Go Edition out of the box. Apparently, the Nokia C-series faces 'tougher tests for hardware durability than [the] industry average', whatever that means. Setting that vagueness aside, the C-series will only receive quarterly security updates for two years.
Overall, it is good to see HMD Global bringing three years of OS updates to some devices. However, this should be the minimum, in our opinion, and is a long way from Apple's guarantee of five years of updates.