Nokia’s affiliate HMD Global has already promised Android 8.0 Oreo update for the Nokia-branded Android smartphones. The company has now that its current Nokia Android phones will be upgraded to the yet-to-be-announced Android update, Android P.
The announcement was made at the flagship Nokia 8 launch event in the Philippines. In a Q&A session, Shannon Mead, Country Manager (Philippines), HMD Global mentioned that the existing range- the Nokia 8, Nokia 6, Nokia 5 and even the cheapest among the lot, Nokia 3 will receive an update to Android P and two years of software support next year.
In a separate report, HMD Global had promised to provide unlocked bootloaders for its smartphones. HMD’s Chief Technology Officer, Mikko Jaakkola when asked about unlocked bootloaders for Nokia smartphones replied (via Twitter) that the company will provide unlocked bootloaders to its devices “one model at a time”.
The news about the Android P upgrade on Nokia phones does look interesting given that Internet search giant Google is yet to make an official announcement of its next major Android update. While several handsets from major OEMs are yet to receive Android Nougat update, the Finnish company’s move to push software updates and monthly security patches on its new devices at regular intervals is commendable.
Recently, the company’s latest flagship Nokia 8 was reported to be upgraded to Android 8.0 Oreo by the end of October. As per Vtechgraphy, a company manager reportedly unveiled the information at the flagship’s announcement in Taiwan. The Nokia 8 was launched in India last month at a competitive price of Rs. 36,999. The phone features dual rear camera accompanied by Carl Zeiss lens. The device is sculpted out of a single block of series 6000 aluminium. It is powered by Qualcomm’s high-end Snapdragon 835 processor and offers 4GB of RAM. It runs stock Android 7.1.1 Nougat out-of-the-box.