HMD Global has confirmed that all Nokia phones released by it so far will receive software updates for Android P. While the next version of Android is still only rolling out as a preliminary (and very unstable) beta, the stable roll-out will be later this year, closer to the launch of the next Google Pixel devices. HMD Global’s range of Nokia Android smartphones was launched in 2017 with the Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6.
The list of smartphones set to receive the update as per the announcement is thus fairly extensive, and buyers of the earliest Android-powered Nokia smartphones will have reason to celebrate. By the time Android P is ready to roll out to devices, those phones will be nearly two years old. For older phones to continue receiving software support these days is something few brands do. The news of the update was confirmed by the company’s global marketing manager Neil Broadley to Android Authority ahead of the launch of its latest devices, the Nokia 2.1, Nokia 3.1 and Nokia 5.1.
HMD Global-Nokia could support future versions of Android for a select list of its smartphones as well, but with this announcement, the company is setting some kind of precedent for itself. Two years of software support for its phones could become the norm going forward, particularly as the company is launching its smartphones under the Android One program and is quicker than most other smartphone makers in rolling out new software.
Nokia will also be rolling out Android P for its budget smartphones on the Android Go program. The Nokia 1 and Nokia 2.1 will receive the Android Go version of Android P, which although watered down and not quite as capable as the full version, will still be good enough to run the budget phones with their entry-level hardware.