HMD Global Announces Android Oreo Coming To All Nokia Android Smartphones
Early in the year, Nokia released three smartphones running stock Android. Last month they announced the flagship Nokia 8, and earlier this month the company announced that all of its devices would be receiving Android 8.0 Oreo. The news came from HMD Global’s Chief Product Officer, Juho Sarvikas, although he declined to say when the updates would be arriving. Sarvikas’ company, HMD Global, have the global exclusive rights to sell Nokia-branded smartphones. The arrangement with HMD Global follows Microsoft’s purchase of Nokia back in 2014: since then, Microsoft have closed Windows Phone and switched into building great productivity applications.
That all four of Nokia’s Android smartphones are receiving Android 8.0 Oreo should not be a surprise. When Nokia announced the Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 back in January 2017, one of the key points of the new smartphones is that they are using a stock interface. Nokia has also kept the devices up to date with Google’s monthly security patches, something that the world’s largest Android device manufacturer, Samsung, has never managed. It’s also great to see that Nokia is not penalising buyers of the lower priced versions: this is another trait we see across the industry, with some manufacturers not supporting mid-range and lesser models of the range. The Nokia 3 uses a low-end MediaTek system-on-chip, and the Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 use low-end Qualcomm Snapdragon chipsets.
Although HMD Global would not confirm when Android Oreo will be available for these four devices, it we can expect the update to arrive reasonably quickly. This is because of two main reasons. Firstly is that Nokia are only supporting four devices as they are a relatively new Android manufacturer, and second is because Nokia are using the stock user interface, they have less to modify when updating devices. Let’s hope we see Android 8.0 Oreo arriving on at least one of the Nokia smartphones by the end of the year.