Nokia 6.1 Plus software update removes notch-hiding feature, but don’t panic just yet

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Potential buyers of future iPhone generations may not care as much as we expected about the infamous notch, but clearly, this is an important design element for a number of Android device manufacturers.

HMD Global wasn’t exactly an early adopter of the screen cutout trend, but the recently released Nokia 5.1 Plus, aka X5, and 6.1 Plus/X6 both follow in the footsteps of the iPhone X, and the upcoming Nokia X7 will probably do the same. 
Curiously, the Nokia 5.1 Plus is being promoted across the old continent using product images with a hidden notch, while the 6.1 Plus no longer allows its users to activate the so-called “full bezel” status bar style.

That’s right, the Nokia 6.1 Plus has received a minor software update earlier this week, and in addition to Google’s latest security patches and (vaguely) improved system stability, this removes the option to camouflage the notch.

What initially seemed like a bug, sparking the irritation of quite a few Twitter and Reddit users, was ultimately confirmed as an intentional change requested by Google. That may sound like bad news for notch haters in India, Hong Kong, and other global markets the Nokia 6.1 Plus could eventually reach, but it’s probably something that will be reversed soon enough.
Keep in mind that the 5.8-inch mid-ranger is part of the Android One program, putting the user interface squarely in Google’s control, but at the same time, that the phone currently runs Oreo, not Android Pie. The latter OS version specifically supports the notch, so whenever the Nokia 6.1 Plus will score its first major software update, odds are the “full bezel” mode will return. Until then, you’ll just need to live with the notch.

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