HMD Global Promises an Android P Update for All Their Devices
Over the years, we've seen several iterations of Nokia come and go. The recently released Nokia devices are making quite a splash and have performed well as they strike a perfect balance between price and performance. On top of that, they offer a pure Stock Android experience with regular updates. What more could one ask for? It comes as no surprise that the Nokia X6 sold out mere seconds after its release.
According to Android Authority, the company’s global marketing manager, Neil Broadley confirmed that Android P is coming to all of HMD Global’s Nokia smartphones. Everything ranging from the Nokia 1 all the way up to the Nokia 8 Sirocco, and including the newly announced Nokia 2.1, Nokia 3.1, Nokia X6 and Nokia 5.1, will receive the yet-to-be-named version of Android. The Nokia 1 and 2 will very likely get an Android Go optimized version of the OS owing to hardware limitations.
The Nokia 8 Sirocco, Nokia 7 Plus, Nokia 6.1, Nokia 5.1, and Nokia 3.1 fall under the Android One program and are guaranteed to receive at least two major software updates, along with three years of security updates. The first generation of Nokia phones namely the Nokia 3, Nokia 5, Nokia 6, and Nokia 8 will also receive the update, according to the company. If you own the Nokia 7 Plus, you can get a taste of Android P on your device right now by signing up for the beta program. We wouldn't recommend it as your daily driver, though. It is still in early stages of development and rough at the edges.
The Android platform is great for a lot of things, but unfortunately, security isn't one of them. The problem is further complicated by the fact that the onus of releasing timely updates falls entirely upon OEMs, many of who are often complacent in the matter. Android fragmentation continues to be a problem that isn't going away anytime soon and we'll almost always end up with a significant amount of devices running an older version of the operating system. Frankly, we could do with more companies like HMD Global who pledge three years of support for their devices right off the bat. The company recently raised a hundred million dollars for market expansion and are making all the right moves to restore Nokia to its former glory.
Source: Android Authority