Yes, the cheap Nokia 3 will enjoy continued support: Android O update confirmed for the future

Nowadays, you can get an Android smartphone that is comparatively affordable, yet it offers performance that can be, if not snappy, then at least acceptable for most everyday tasks. In fact, one of the very few arguments against a cheap phone from a solid brand with a good reputation is the expected lack of software support. Manufacturers don't make tons of money on low-level midrangers, so budget is focused on churning out the next models, not build patches based on the latest Android updates.

However, HMD Global, the company behind Nokia's latest resurrection, seems to be on course to break the mold. Clearly, being the new kind on the Android block, the new Nokia wants to become a fan favorite, just as Moto managed to win its following with a clean interface and timely updates.

A week ago, the Finnish company confirmed that its current cheapest device — the Nokia 3 — is on course to receive an update up to the latest Android 7.1.1 version by the end of August. And just a couple of days ago, Chief Product Officer at HMD  personally replied to a fan on Twitter, confirming that the low-midrange phone will get Android O in the future, too.

There were no veiled messages. No “HMD is committed to this and that”. It's a very clear “Yes, Nokia 3 will get Android O”. Color us curious — we'd love to see HMD not only follow through on that promise, but also push the update in a timely manner, putting a lot of competitors to shame.

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source: Juho Sarvikas

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1. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

2. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Samsung is now behind Nokia in updating their low ends.

4. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

So what? Nokia doesn't manufacture as many low-end models as Samsung does.

6. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Triggered. That's the point. In the expense of gaining range of the portfolio, Samsung cant keep up with the updates in their midrange what more in the low end? It's good on Samsung's part coz profits but consumers aren't satisfied.

7. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Not triggered. It is simply a drawback from having a wide range of device models aimed to different price segments of the market, since not everyone can afford a flagship or even a midrange model... That portfolio benefits the consumers, and not Samsung alone.

8. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Consumers have a choice. To choose between the two, a low end phone with no update or a low end with future supports.

9. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Yeah, though the low-end one with OS updates is pretty limited in availability... So the majority of consumers in the low-end segment barely have that choice.


Posts: 134; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

If you consider the competitor of Nokia 3, the Galaxy J3, will realize that Samsung has never paid attention to this model in this regard.

14. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

It defeats the purpose of having an Android phone or a smartphone per se. If Nokia can do it, why Samsung dont?


Posts: 134; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

The Nokia 3 today is the Moto E¹ of yesterday!

3. AhmadAlsayegh

Posts: 326; Member since: Jul 18, 2011

what pisses me off is that some companies do not get questioned for not releasing timely updates, ie. HTC. they promised the release updates within fifteen days of google's release, but my HTC10 is still stuck with January security update!


Posts: 134; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

Is it serious that HTC is this way? Wow! And to think that she was one of the best OEMs on the subject until 2016. It was competing with Sony to see who was sending faster updates and is now worse than many regional OEMs out there (like Quantum in Brazil, for example).

5. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 557; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Not just Android O,but also Android P.


Posts: 134; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

Now you're exaggerating too.

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