January 14, 2020 0

Open letter to HMD Global: Make Nokia great again! – Nokia 8110 4G – BananaHackers

Open letter to HMD Global: Make Nokia great again! – Nokia 8110 4G – BananaHackers


Dear HMD Global, We, Nokia 8110 4G users, have different backgrounds. Some of us are newcomers, some of us are hardcore
Nokia users ever since the first 8110 came out in 1996, some of us are just alternative
mobile platform enthusiasts. We all united in the appreciation and even
admiration of your attempt of bringing some fresh ideas to the immortal classics of feature
phones. And we’re really grateful for it. However, this admiration quickly changed into
displeasure for most of us when we saw the actual phone and took it into our hands in
the summer 2018. Instead of a real keypad smartphone revival,
we saw no file manager, no text reader, no open source for KaiOS (despite it’s based
on open-source Firefox OS), almost no apps in the store and – most importantly – no ability
to even sideload them. For most of us, the things we saw were insulting:
what kind of smartphone is that? But KaiOS developers didn’t seem to care. It’s a really shameful state for an operating
system with such a huge potential and truly open nature. This is why we started our quest to liberate
this system ourselves. And one of us finally managed to do this – in
a very cumbersome way, with a very dirty hack, but this hack hit the news. Afterwards, we got the ability to read the
system partition and find out a more gentle way to sideload the apps. And you know what the main consequence of
this process is? There’s not only a file manager and text reader,
but over 160 working unofficial ports of different applications right now outside your official
KaiOS Store! This is how you attract the developers for
an emerging platform, not with your “developer agreement” where you don’t even allow us to
develop VoIP apps! How are you even thinking to compete with
Android or other smartphone platforms with such a restriction? We came in peace, and our only mission was
to make 8110 better. But instead of your understanding and cooperation,
we only faced blatant resistance. You ignored community requests, you ignored
developers’ offers, and you changed the update keys to render our patches non-functional. You even spread some misinformation about
the device itself (e.g. that maximum capacity of microSD card supported by 8110 4G is 32
GB, while in reality FAT32-formatted 64GB cards work just perfect). You must understand that you’re resisting
the unstoppable and postponing the inevitable. Someone had written on the official Nokia
forum that he was already using WhatsApp on his 8110. This is not a speculation, this is the truth. A globally ready version of WhatsApp is already
available for our unofficial installation method. We, enthusiasts from different parts of the
world, did this work for you. And you don’t even bother to release WhatsApp
officially while it already has been available for JioPhone, another KaiOS-based phone, for
about half a year. This is our latest statement that we can still
change things. Moreover, we are observing the same situation
of totally poor support for other, more simple, Series 30+ based Nokia feature phones. Users still have no official way to import
those famous 2000 contacts into the Nokia 105, 106, 130 etc. Nokia PC Suite is gone and they got no replacement
for it. So they again have to use our unofficial tools,
NokiaTool and TekBuster, to do this. You tell them that the microUSB port in the
105 and 106 is for charging only? We, with TekBuster in our hands, can prove
the opposite. Once more we come in peace to you and hoping
to start a dialogue instead of a quarrel. We’re here to represent interests of millions
of Nokia users that have chosen products of this great brand because of their renowned
quality and now are disappointed with your actions or their absence per se. On behalf of them, we, united forces of comp.mobile.nokia.8110 (aka Bananahackers)
group, r/KaiOS Reddit community, XDA-Developers Nokia 8110 4G users community, 4PDA Nokia 8110 4G users community, Helpix.ru Nokia 8110 4G users community, Nokioteca forum community, have the following essential requests for
you as the vendor of these undoubtedly great phones: 1. We need to have an official way of a boxless
(using just a PC and a microUSB cable) firmware reflashing for Nokia 8110 4G and for Series
30+ based phones. This should be available not only for Windows,
but for Linux and macOS as well. Also, firmware images of each version should
be available via the official Nokia website. 2. For 8110 4G, we need to have an ability to
unlock the bootloader to replace the recovery image and/or install custom firmware. Any user doing this gives the consent on voiding
the warranty but he/she should be able to do this. Also, we need fastboot mode back on 8110 4G. 3. For 8110 4G, we need to have an officially
supported way to sideload apps, just like .apk files for Android or like the OWA packaged
app installation links (Firefox OS did have such an ability). 4. For 8110 4G, we want the Developer Menu and
the ability to perform privileged mode reset from within it to be enabled by default. Also, within this mode, adb root console should
be enabled, like it was in Firefox OS. 5. We need to have an official and cross-platform
(Windows/Linux/macOS) PC Suite-like utility to manage contacts, messages and files (whenever
file management is possible) for 8110 4G and especially for Series 30+ based phones. 6. For 8110 4G, we need you to lift the VoIP
app limitation, at least for the countries where VoIP over cellular networks is not prohibited,
and start bringing WhatsApp, Viber, Telegram, Facebook Messenger, LINE, Signal and other
IM applications with fully functional voice calling functionality to the official store. 7. For all feature phones, we need an official
ability to remove paid pre-installed games. For 8110 4G, we also need an official ability
to remove Google-related apps. 8. We want you to open the source of used Linux
kernel and KaiOS parts taken directly from Mozilla’s Firefox OS code base to stop violating
GPL and other open-source licenses. Moreover, there should be a repository where
any developer can contribute to improvements of built-in KaiOS components usability and
UI localizations. We have all hope that you’ll listen to our
pleas as these changes would allow us to improve the device and its ecosystem much better,
faster and stronger. We’re also looking forward to more classic
phone remakes, like 7110, 8910, 6210 and so on. 🙂

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