Fans were far from delighted when Nokia’s August update for the Nokia 6.1 Plus removed the option to conceal the notch. Users first thought it was a mistake on HMD’s side. But the Nokia community moderator confirms that the withdrawal of the feature is intentional.
What made users more appalled though is the fact that it wasn’t Nokia that made the decision. It was said to be have been removed as per Google’s instruction. Apparently, the “hide notch” feature is not part of the Android One, and for the Nokia 6.1 Plus to meet Google’s requirement, it has to be removed. Illogical at its finest.
Fortunately, HMD’s CPO Juho Sarvikas is reverting back all the prior statement and is willing to enable the option on the next update. It may have been a mistake on the moderator’s side, as the original reply is nowhere to be seen. It is funny to see how a removal of a minor feature can cause chaos in an online community.
Just to close the "notch gate", we will enable setting to black out notch on the Nokia 6.1 Plus.
Have a great & relaxing weekend everyone! 🏖️ #nokiamobile
— Juho Sarvikas (@sarvikas) September 7, 2018
Sarvikas didn’t disclose when the next update is coming. If you own the Nokia 6.1 Plus, you should be able to check it by navigating to the Settings app and look the option for the OTA update. Now Nokia, the next move is to find a way to unlock the bootloaders on the current Nokia smartphones.