Hi HMD product team, I'm sure you've seen that recently the Essential phone company shutdown:
Hi HMD product team,
I'm sure you've seen that recently the Essential phone company shutdown: https://www.essential.com/blog/essential-update
In their post about this they say that:
For developer fans, a prebuilt of our vendor image and everything else needed to keep hacking on PH-1 will be hosted on our github.
So, this is a phone which will have no more support, at least not official support from the vendor. However, this is a company which values its enthusiastic, technically minded followers enough to give them additional source code beyond what is required by open source licenses, to allow those followers to continue to update the software on their phones themselves.
There are many ways to stop supporting products, and recently we've seen various ways of doing this. The Essential way is a good way. A bad way is something like what Sonos recently did, and the industry standard approach is what HMD is doing. Just because it's industry standard doesn't mean it's good, in fact I would say that in the world as it is today it is detrimental to HMD to continue to follow archaic practices like this. I'm specifically referring to the Nokia 6 Amazon edition and the Nokia 2, both of which are no longer receiving any security updates.
A good way for HMD to stop supporting these phones and others in the future would be to:
In fact, AFAICT Sony still lead the way with their approach to cooperatively and openly working with the development community, HMD could learn a lot from them.
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