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All Nokia smartphones to get Android 9 Pie update; HMD Global confirms

Nokia 7 plus is expected to be the first smartphone to get Android 9 Pie update.

  • Published: August 16, 2018 10:28 AM IST
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HMD Global, the Finnish company with license to sell Nokia-branded smartphones, has once again confirmed that all of its smartphones will be updated to Android 9 Pie. Among all Android smartphone makers, HMD Global is the only brand with a large set of devices and ability to update all devices to latest version.

Essential is the only smartphone maker, other than Google, to have updated its smartphone to latest version of Android. But Essential has launched only one smartphone so far and updating that one device should not be a difficult task. Since the launch of its first smartphones for the global market at MWC 2017, HMD Global has built its brand on the promise of timely software updates.

At MWC 2018, the Finnish company announced that all of its smartphones will be either Android One or Android Go compatible devices to further streamline software updates. Now, the company is saying that regardless of which Nokia smartphone you own, the company will offer an update to Android 9 Pie. The company has also shared a list of all the devices that will be updated to Android 9 in the coming months.

HMD Global has confirmed that Android 9 Pie will be coming to Nokia 1, Nokia 2 and Nokia 2.1, which are based on Android Oreo Go edition. The company has also revealed that Nokia 3, Nokia 3.1, Nokia 5, Nokia 5.1, Nokia 6, Nokia 6.1, Nokia 6.1 Plus, Nokia 7, Nokia 7 plus, Nokia 8, Nokia 8 Sirocco, Nokia X6 and Nokia X5, which are all based on Android One platform. The Nokia 7, Nokia X6 and Nokia X5 are currently exclusive to the Chinese market.

Nokia 7 plus was among the first set of devices to get Android 9 beta update. The smartphone recently got Android P Beta 4 update, indicating it will be the first to get Android 9 Pie official build. It could be followed by Nokia 8 Sirocco and Nokia 8, which are the flagship devices. HMD Global is not offering any timeline but considering the past, there is a possibility that all devices will be on Android 9 Pie by the end of this year.

Watch: How to install Android P beta on non-Google smartphones

If you own a Nokia smartphone then look for announcements regarding company’s Developer Preview program. The company will add devices in a gradual manner and offer updates once beta testers confirm stability of the software being rolled out to these devices. HMD Global guarantees two years of software updates, and three years of security updates for all of its smartphones.

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  • Published Date: August 16, 2018 10:28 AM IST