Budget Nokia 1 scores highly anticipated Android 9.0 Pie update

Budget Nokia 1 scores highly anticipated Android 9.0 Pie update
Solidifying its title as the reigning champion of Android updates and keeping true to its promises, today HMD Global has announced that the Android 9 Pie rollout has began for the entry-level Nokia 1 that was first announced back in February of 2018.

The smartphone, which packs just 1GB of RAM and a low-end MediaTek processor, was the first Android Go offering by Nokia. It shipped with the Go version of Android 8.1 Oreo and will now benefit from the optimized release of Pie. The latter has been designed to work specifically on smartphones with around 1GB of RAM but that doesn’t make today’s rollout any less impressive. After all, while Nokia isn’t the only brand out there producing Android Go smartphones, it is one of few still actively supporting the devices. Most other manufacturers in the segment choose to not update models beyond the mandatory security patches Google requires. 

Regarding what today’s Android Pie update actually brings, Nokia 1 users can expect to find a wide range of UI updates alongside a totally revamped Settings menu and noticeable improvements to the way notifications are handled. Some performance enhancements are to be expected too alongside a few other tweaks.

Unsurprisingly, the Nokia 1’s Android 9 Pie update will begin rolling out in stages. It’s unclear who will receive it first but it still helps HMD keep its promise of a release during the second quarter of the year.

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  • Display 4.5" 480 x 854 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor MediaTek, Quad-core, 1100 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2150 mAh(9h talk time)



1. Kakarot

Posts: 57; Member since: Jul 31, 2015

Meanwhile Galaxy S7.. Cries in the corner.

2. Venom

Posts: 3747; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

It's a shame that a foodstamp phone can get Pie despite the budget specs yet OEMs like Motorola/Lenovo and LG can't even keep their devices updated. LG slacking is not surprising, but there's no excuse for Motorola when they are running pure stock.

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 22320; Member since: May 28, 2014

Great to see HMD keeping with their promise and updating their low-end Nokia branded smartphones, while others choose not to do so. This is one area where HMD beats most other Android vendors (looking at you Samsung, LG, Motorola and others), and their full OS updates often come with less issues than more established Android OEM’s (looking at you, Google).

4. VariableCheapskate

Posts: 177; Member since: May 29, 2019

I have one of these as a spare and it surprises me how much updates it gets, security and now a major OS upgrade? Heck, not everything is a specifications race these days if such a basic smartphone can go from 8.1 to 9.0.

8. Venom

Posts: 3747; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I agree which is why there shouldn't be any reasons why major OEMs can't update their phones. It's why I'm rocking the Pixel 3A XL which is the best phone ever and has the same camera as the flagship Pixels. The view is much more pure on it.

9. meanestgenius

Posts: 22320; Member since: May 28, 2014

Totally agree Variable Cheapskate, which is why I rock Nokia branded smartphones. Google should have tapped HMD to build a Nokia branded Pixel, as the hardware would be a much better view for the consumer, and the software would be much more pure, having less issues.

11. Venom

Posts: 3747; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I agree. I'm not going to waste your time with useless bs such as Google tapping Nokia to build their devices and pretending that Nokia doesn't have issues on their devices which is far from the truth. The hardware on my 3A XL is just right and the software is as pure as it gets lol.

13. meanestgenius

Posts: 22320; Member since: May 28, 2014

I agree. I’m not going to waste your time by with useless bs backtracking like others here that attack very low end smartphones but switch things up once someone makes a comment that proves them wrong, nor will I lie and say that some Nokia branded smartphones don’t have some issues, like some are doing here but can’t back it up what they are saying with actual proof. The software on Nokia branded smartphones is pure, and the build quality on Nokia branded smartphones is Pixel-Picture perfect, lol.

17. Venom

Posts: 3747; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Lol, some people are getting so defensive. I know I'm not attacking anything or switching things up. I'm not afraid to address my point. Some people are just shedding tears just because the truth was spoken. The software experience on the Pixel is pure as well. I'm not sure what some people are trying to say here. I guess the view isn't so pure.

18. meanestgenius

Posts: 22320; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lmao some people are projecting their defensiveness onto others and it shows. They continued to attack things and switch things up when they are called out for it. They are afraid to address the points because they know they will just shed more tears once the truth is spoken again. The software on Nokia branded smartphones is pure as well. I don’t know what some people are trying to say here. I guess their chosen smartphone isn’t as picture-Pixel perfect as they claim it is.

5. shortkey

Posts: 53; Member since: May 19, 2017

I bought this device earlier this year because there was nothing as compact and cheap I could get. I regret my decision, this phone is so sluggishly slow it's almost unbearable. Hopefully the update will improve that, but I'm not holding my breath.

6. meanestgenius

Posts: 22320; Member since: May 28, 2014

Look at the hardware, lol. This is practically the lowest of the low end. This definitely isn’t going to be a performance champ, or anywhere remotely near it. You get what you pay for, lol. Had you been able to find something comparable in specs and price, I highly doubt to would be getting updated like this is.

7. Venom

Posts: 3747; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I can relate as I had a similar experience with the 6.1. It was a very nicely made phone with a cool color scheme, but the phone was so sluggish and it constantly ran hot when doing tasks like watching YouTube videos. Only having 32GB of storage with 3 gigs of RAM probably didn't help much. I'm not going to hover in your face just because you gave your opinion unlike other.

10. meanestgenius

Posts: 22320; Member since: May 28, 2014

One other thing is that for such a low end smartphone made by a relative new comer to the smartphone market, it has much less issues than what the established brands put out. HMD:s other smartphones follow suit, as my Nokia 7.1, Nokia 7.1, and Nokia 6 all have had less issues than my newer Pixel 3A XL, which is made by a more established player in the smartphone field. I'm not going to pretend someone that someone is hovering in your face in the attempt to instigate a fight, unlike another person is.

12. Venom

Posts: 3747; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Anecdotal evidence because some unbiased users have had issues crop up and have voiced their opinion on various forums such as reviews left on retail sites and on the Nokia forums. Some people just can't help but compare their devices to others just to justify their own device. Makes you wonder sometimes. I haven't encountered any major issues on my 7.1, but that doesn't mean that issues don't exist despite what some people will try to have you believe.

15. Venom

Posts: 3747; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Nokia isn't perfect and that's the point of discussion here.

19. meanestgenius

Posts: 22320; Member since: May 28, 2014

Google is far from perfect, so it’s hypocritical for you to address one OEM as such when your favored OEM has more issues with their line of smartphones than any other Android vendor. That’s also the point of the discussion here.

14. meanestgenius

Posts: 22320; Member since: May 28, 2014

It’s not anecdotal evidence when comparing the number of documented issues between Nokia branded smartphones and Googles Pixel line, that the issues with the Pixel line far exceeds those of Nokia branded smartphones. Some people can’t help but to attack brands they don’t prefer by calling their smartphones derogatory names, in an attempt to justify the purchase of the device they have. Makes you wonder sometimes. I have encountered an issue or two that’s been reported about on my Pixel 3A XL, which isn’t a bad phone per se, but that doesn’t mean that I’m going to deflect from the Pixel line in general having too many issues because I don’t think the Pixel 3AXL is bad phone, like some do here.

16. Venom

Posts: 3747; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I know that I don't have to prove anything because unlike some people, I'm happy with what I have. I don't have to get on the computer and cry about the Pixel phones have these exaggerated issues that some overzealous fanboy claims they have. I'm not saying that the Pixel phones are devoid of any issues, but I know that I personally have not encountered any problems on my Pixel 3A XL at all.

20. meanestgenius

Posts: 22320; Member since: May 28, 2014

I know that I don’t have to prove anything, because unlike some others here, I’m an happy with what I have. I don’t have to get on my parents computer like others do here and cry and add derogatory labels to other brands smartphones and attack them., all while claiming that my OEM of choice has “exaggerated issues”, when that’s far from the truth. That’s just false claims from overzealous super fanboys. I’m not saying that my OEM of choices smartphones are devoid of issues, but I also know for a fact that the Pixel line suffers from more issues than any other Android vendor, and that includes my Pixel 3A XL.

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