As a reminder, the phone was launched exactly one year ago and was one of the last devices before HMD decided to change the naming convention of his smartphones.
Android 11 update for Nokia 5.3 is being rolled out gradually to users in countries like Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Laos, Macao, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Taiwan and Vietnam. The company said it will release the update to other regions soon.
In addition to providing the latest Android operating system, the new update weighing in at around 1.67GB also adds the June 2021 security patch to the phone. Since the phone runs on Android One without any customization, you don’t get any additional features that HMD adds with the OS update.
Analysis: Is Nokia Missing the Tip – Again?
Nokia was once known to be one of the fastest after Google to release operating system updates for its phones. In fact, the company often bragged about timely updates on social media and was quickly becoming a favorite among purists who wanted the good old Nokia brand, durability, and the gadget-free Android experience at an affordable price.
We are very excited to announce our # Android11 upgrade roadmap! 🥳 We have released over 1000 updates over the past 3 years as part of our commitment to Pure, Secure & Up-to-date, keeping your device safe and secure with the latest versions of Android. Here are the next 1000! pic.twitter.com/GJ7RsDImfqOctober 8, 2020
However, late on, things were not rosy at all. The company did not meet the software update deadlines. According to the tweet posted by the company in October of last year, the Nokia 5.3 was expected to receive an Android 11 update in the first quarter of 2021.
Unlike other Chinese smartphone makers, HMD does not have a huge portfolio and a vanilla Android-powered skin that takes time to customize, hence the delay is unexpected.
When TechRadar India interviewed HMD Global Vice President Sanmeet Singh Kochhar earlier this year he pointed out that Nokia devices come with enterprise-grade security and the company has promised 2-year software updates on all its devices.
He also mentioned that the company believes that the vanilla Android experience and security sets Nokia devices apart from the competition and allows the company to charge a premium for its devices even though, given the competition’s offering. , these devices were inferior in terms of hardware specifications.
Now that the company is faltering on its branded functionality, that is, due to the delay in delivering software updates and Android security patches, most Nokia devices remain vulnerable to the vulnerabilities.
As the competition has rolled its socks up and a brand like Samsung, once known for its delayed software updates, is now showing promise. three years of timely updates, Nokia needs to buckle up quickly before it’s too late.