Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 start receiving Android 8.1 Oreo updates

Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 start receiving Android 8.1 Oreo updates
The fine folks at HMD have just started the Android 8.1 Oreo roll-out to the Nokia 5 and Nokia 6, two mid-range smartphones that made their debut on the market not even a year ago.

That leaves Nokia 2 the last smartphone launched by the HMD to have yet to receive Android 8.1 Oreo, as the Finnish company confirmed back in December. Each of the two phones – Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 are getting the update in different countries, but the deployment should expand worldwide in the coming days.

If you're rolling with a Nokia 5, the update weighs in at 860MB, whereas the size of the Nokia 6 update is about 930MB. Along with Android 8.1 Oreo, HMD also included the March security patch in the update. As for the rest of the changes, you can find the main highlights below:

  • Battery Saving Navigation Buttons
  • Revamped Power Menu
  • New Settings Menu
  • Bluetooth Battery Percentage

It's yet unclear whether or not these mid-range Nokia smartphones will eventually receive the upcoming Android P update, but if you're owning a Nokia 8 chances are that you'll get it at some point.

source: NPU (1, 2)

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11 Comments

1. antroid

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 24, 2018

Nokia doing a great job with their software updates!

2. BuffaloSouce

Posts: 1130; Member since: May 01, 2017

And $900 flagships just barely got 8.0 or still waiting to get it....

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 21159; Member since: May 28, 2014

Nokia is doing an awesome job with the updates, as they said they would. My Nokia 6 is already on Android 8.0 and now I’m downloading Android 8.1 as I type this. Nokia is my all time favorite Smartphone Brand, and only they are seriously making a case for me to return to Android from iOS. (8 Plus). Kudos, Nokia.

4. Venom

Posts: 2838; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I applaud Nokia for doing something that other OEMs like Samsung, blackberry, LG, and Motorola aren't doing and that's updating their devices to the latest version of Android. What's the point of getting an android device if you don't get the latest firmware updates. Now granted, Nokia still won't hold a candle to Google and the FAST and CONSISTENT updates be it security or Android updates. That's another thing, consistency. It remains to be seen if Nokia will be consistent with updates.

5. MDCHO

Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

Nokia already beat Google more than once at speed of monthly security update. BlackBerry also do the same. Nokia has been consistent with security and os update of its phones. They are already fast with monthly security update. This will not change, I believe.

8. Venom

Posts: 2838; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Google has to make the update available before it can be pushed out. In the past they were staggered releases. Now, when Google releases them, users can get them right then and there due to a recent version update. Point still stands. You believe and actually happening are two different things. I don't have to believe with Google because it has already been done whereas with BlackBerry, which btw has nothing to do with this, and Nokia, it's not a sure thing.

11. MDCHO

Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

HMD and BlackBerry already beat Google before with applying update to branded phones. This is fact that can be verified whether you like it or not. The fact that they beat Google who push the update make this even more incredible. My point stil stand. What you choose to deny does not mean it did not happen. Your denial just mean that you cannot deal with truth. I don’t have to pretend it happen because It actually happen. You mention BlackBerry first in your comment #4. They have nothing to do with this but you mention them first. Google not mention in this article, but you bring them in this. You cannot mention the name first and then say they have nothing to do with this. Is not how things work.

6. Subie

Posts: 2260; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

You're right, it remains to be seen. But if they do provide two years worth of OS(not just security) updates for their entire line up, like they've said then, then that would be impressive. https://nokiapoweruser.com/nokia-35-6-will-get-android-o-android-p-hmd-promised-minimum-two-years-os-update-support/

9. Venom

Posts: 2838; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I don't trust OEMs when it comes to Android updates promises. The Essential phone was supposed to be updated regularly and it hasn't been compared to Google phones.

10. Subie

Posts: 2260; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Yup, for me as well. With OEMs its - I'll believe it when I see it. at least with Nokia they've made a verbal commitment we can gauge them against. So far security updates have been handled great by Nokia IMO. But if someone wants guaranteed and timely Android OS updates for 2-3 years then Nexus/Pixel is the only way to go. Sadly with Pixel I feel they dropped the ball this year with hardware. But that's a whole different discussion.

7. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1497; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

This is called commitment. I hope other OEMs to see this and not discriminate the devices for updates just because it didn't sell well. Good job Nokia.

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