The announcement of the Nokia 6, the company’s first device since its return to smartphone manufacturing under their new partner HMD, came as a huge surprise to everyone and was one of the biggest smartphone announcements last week during the weekend of CES 2017 in spite the device only being announced for China and a few other Southeast Asian regions.
As an entry-level smartphone, the Nokia 6 is priced at only 1699 Yuan and features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor. What came as a surprise to reviewers when they were finally get their hands on the phone though is that in spite of supposedly running Google’s latest Android 7.0 Nougat, it’s been found out that the Nokia 6 actually runs a kernel of the popular CyanogenMod 14 third-party open-source operating system based on Android 7.0 Nougat, explaining the Nokia 6’s blue UI theme.
While CyanogenMod 14 is a noteworthy version of the Android operating system, its official development has officially ceased in spite there being a community attempting to continue its development under a new name. This begs the question of how Nokia plans to upgrade the operating system of the Nokia 6 in the future. Will they switch to another kernel or will they develop CynagenMod themselves?