Nokia 5 and 6 update brings the latest Android security patches mere hours after their release

Nokia 5 and 6 update brings the latest Android security patches mere hours after their release

Whether you like its phones or not, you have to admit that HMD Global sure is putting its money where its mouth is — the company promised to release Android security updates as soon as they become available, and for the second month in a row it's making good on that promise. Today the Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 have started receiving the latest August security patches for Android, less than a day after they first became available.

But while last month saw HMD releasing its update even before Google did, this time the roles have been slightly reversed, with Google taking the lead by a few hours. And to be honest, we're quite happy with this new trend of manufacturers taking security seriously and racing to give users the latest patches, even if there's only three competitors at the moment (BlackBerry being the third).

Do note, however, that the low-end Nokia 3 still hasn't received the patch. However, it's worth noting that the device received last month's patches less than two weeks ago, and HMD is reportedly hard at work to bring Android 7.1.1 to the handset by the end of the month — so we can expect to see the August patches bundled together with this update.

And while we're at it, the company has also committed to further supporting its devices up to at least a year and a half after release, and has promised to release the upcoming Android 8.0 to all of its current handsets — including the Nokia 3. And we're also expecting the upcoming Nokia 8 to come with Android 8.0 right out of the box. So if you're an Android fan looking for a non-Google device with guaranteed software support, Nokia sure looks like the best option on the market right now.

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41 Comments

1. meanestgenius

Posts: 21453; Member since: May 28, 2014

Awesome to see HMD/Nokia staying true to their word with the speedy security patches.

36. CAVBR

Posts: 133; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

It and BlackBerry are doing very well on this.

2. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 485; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

That's only because they have a handful of devices at the moment. Once they have quite a few devices out there then the security patches definetly wont come out as fast because their resources will be spent elsewhere. You think if Samsung and LG had 2-3 devices out there that the updates would take as long as they do now to come out?

4. Lumia_Luigi

Posts: 173; Member since: Mar 22, 2017

Yes..

6. Valdomero

Posts: 653; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

I get your point, but you also have to take into consideration that Samsung is huge enough to give support to most of their devices while Nokia/HMD isn't that big. Samsung may see it's more profitable launching new devices for people to buy instead of upgrading an old phone people spent their money almost 2 years ago. Also the year and half of HMD's support is enough time for them to keep launching 1-2 new devices per year without too much strain to their support team. HMD is gaining momentum, doing this instead of launching a bunch of phones without updating is a good move for their starting business.

8. meanestgenius

Posts: 21453; Member since: May 28, 2014

Exactly. Totally agree. Samsung definitely has the resources to support the majority, if not all, of their Android handsets with speedy monthly security patches.

9. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Who is to say it's not the carriers holding them up. You are assuming again.

11. Valdomero

Posts: 653; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

What about apple? they also have contracts with carriers and their devices are updated as soon as the patch is out. Perhaps a small percentage of the blame is on the carriers, but most is on OEM's side.

13. meanestgenius

Posts: 21453; Member since: May 28, 2014

Exactly, but he's only disagreeing and attacking me because it's me. He has some type of vendetta against me because I made him deactivate his mxyzptlk account.

16. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

#FalseNarrative Despite what this clown says, I don't have a vendetta. He has a massive case of superiority complex. He just wants to feel important. I made him admit that the KeyONE had a design flaw and it still burns him.

20. meanestgenius

Posts: 21453; Member since: May 28, 2014

#FakeNews We both know that the only reason why your idiotic trolling @$$ is even commenting on Nokia articles trolling them is because I comment favorably about them. You admitted the same thing about BB10 in your mxyzptlk account. I made you deactivate two accounts (mxyzptlk and Tony_Stark) and now you've got a blood feud going against me.

23. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

#FakeGenius You're either extremely high on something potent or you are as delusional as the flat world believers. I honestly think it's both. That's just your megalomania talking again. Lol, there you go again with your false narrative.

26. meanestgenius

Posts: 21453; Member since: May 28, 2014

#TrueIdiot So I gotta embarrass you and post the link, huh? No problem. posted on18 Mar 2017, 04:49 22. Mxyzptlk (unregistered) Well I wouldn't have a problem with BB10 if meanest would stop being so dramatic about it. That's taken from here:https://www.phonearena.com/news/BlackBerry-10.3.3-is-causing-problems-for-BlackBerry-10-handsets_id92148 That's you with your mxyzptlk account admitting that you have a problem with BB10 because of me. You just got busted in your lie. Lmao! Now you're gonna show me no mercy because I proved you to be a lying troll, right? Lmao! Lol, we both know it's true. But don't let the facts get in the way of a good story. Carry on.

30. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

#IncompetentWannabe I can do the same thing as well you know. "The_Alpha_Geek 3 years ago I was one of those that had to put Mxyzptlk in his place, albeit under one of my other aliases. He is always trolling BlackBerry articles and I'm always there to interrupt his lies with the truth and cold, hard facts. I frequent Phone Arena often enough with every intention of setting the trolls and haters straight on each and every BlackBerry article they put up on Phone Arena. Someone has to fight the good fight over there, and what was once very few have now turned into many who defend BlackBerry over there. The Tide is definitely turning!" Taken from here: http://utbblogs.com/the-tide-turning-americans-want-a-blackberry-passport/ And there's this: https://www.phonearena.com/news/BlackBerrys-Chen-clarifies-comment-handset-business-is-not-being-sold-anytime-soon_id55005

32. meanestgenius

Posts: 21453; Member since: May 28, 2014

#AlternativeFactCrybaby Lol, I was hoping you'd pull that up. So where is my name mentioned? Where is the The_Alpha_Geek saying that he's me? Maybe my eyes are going bad in my old age, or maybe you just can't read properly and don't know how this works, but for the life of me, I don't see the name "Meanestgenius" in there anywhere. That means you're reaching. The_Alpha_Geek really must have slaughtered you so bad that he's permanently imprinted on your brain like my foot is on your @$$. Let me show you how this works, and what real proof looks like. This is going to be a long one, so go grab yourself a few beers and get comfortable in your favorite little kids chair at the little kids table, and watch me work: posted on27 Jan 2017, 21:032 ReportReply 1. Mxyzptlk (unregistered) So this means blackberry will finally have a camera that isn't terrible? posted on27 Jan 2017, 21:5812 8. Crispin_Gatieza (Posts: 2104; Member since: 23 Jan 2014) You never used a Priv so your statement is as useless as tits on a bull. But don't let that stop you. posted on28 Jan 2017, 09:42 16. Mxyzptlk (unregistered) It's not really my statement but a point noted from some reviews and hands on reports. posted on28 Jan 2017, 10:153 in response to #16 21. Crispin_Gatieza (Posts: 2104; Member since: 23 Jan 2014) There are users, myself included, who have owned this phone for more than a few minutes who disagree. Reviews were done at release time and there have been firmware improvements over time. It's an excellent camera and there are editing apps that work wonders as well. And yes, it was your statement unless the Russians have hacked your account too. posted on28 Jan 2017, 18:13in response to #21 31. Mxyzptlk (unregistered) Nah, no Russian hacking. Fair point. I have read reports about the firmware improvements. Admittedly the Priv isn't my type of phone. I prefer the DTEK60 since it's more of what I like and as long as it can take good images, then I'm ok with it. First up, I'm proving that you troll BlackBerry without knowing about their devices because you've never used them. Crispin called you out on it, and you backed off, basically admitting that you were trolling. And you say that you don't troll, lol. That's from here, btw: https://www.phonearena.com/news/BlackBerry-Mercury-to-sport-the-same-camera-sensors-as-the-Google-Pixel-and-Pixel-XL_id90462 To be continued:

33. meanestgenius

Posts: 21453; Member since: May 28, 2014

Part 2: posted on28 Jan 2017, 10:191 in response to #19 22. Crispin_Gatieza (Posts: 2104; Member since: 23 Jan 2014) Look up the definition of ignorant. It's an adjective that means someone not in possession of facts. It's not meant to be an insult, it means get your facts straight because you don't know what you're talking about. Willful refusal to get the facts leads to insults. You've manned up before, you can do it again. posted on28 Jan 2017, 18:19in response to #22 34. Mxyzptlk (unregistered) Of course, I shouldn't let myself stoop to meanest level. I'm better than that. Understood. posted on29 Jan 2017, 01:274 in response to #34 42. meanestgenius (Posts: 16463; Member since: 28 May 2014) If you were at my level, you'd be touching Jupiter. As it is, you're on the bottom of the ocean floor. But, at least you're finally admitting that you're ignorant. That's from the same article that I posted in my comment #30. It's Crispin calling you out for making an ignorant statement with no facts to back it up, and telling you to man up and admit that you were wrong, and you admitted that you made your comment out of ignorance. See how I'm putting together that you're an ignorant troll and you admitted to being so? All this is done in your mxyzptlk account. posted on25 May 2017, 21:227 in response to #14 17. darkkjedii (Posts: 24786; Member since: 05 Feb 2011) When does MG ever troll? That I would like to see. He has his little troll, just like I do in Arte8800, but he isn't a troll in the least. posted on25 May 2017, 21:25in response to #17 20. Flash (Posts: 1306; Member since: 19 May 2017) So closing one account means I'm like Arte now, darkk? As you can see, if you remove the wool from your eyes, I'm still here. posted on25 May 2017, 21:539 in response to #20ReportReply 26. darkkjedii (Posts: 24786; Member since: 05 Feb 2011) So you admit to multiple accounts There is you admitting that you have multiple accounts, after darkk called you out for saying this I'm a troll. So you're a multiple account having troll, and you admitted it. The account that you closed down was your mxyzptlk account, and here is the proof that you're mxyzptlk: posted on26 May 2017, 19:36in response to #59 91. Flash (Posts: 1306; Member since: 19 May 2017) I never said I wasn't Mxy. BOOOOOOOOOM!!!!!!!! Goes the dynamite! That's a flat out, no nonsense having, can't deny it even if you tried it confession that you're mxyzptlk. All that is from this article right here:https://www.phonearena.com/news/Apple-releases-iOS-10.3.2-update-with-bug-fixes-security-improvements-and-a-severe-battery-drain_id94441/comments/page/3 There's no coming back from this, so don't even try it. You're just going to make yourself look like a desperate little lying backtracking deflector. Now THAT'S how you play this game. You're welcome.

15. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Apple has a lot more pull than they did when the iPhone was launched nearly a decade ago. They don't bow to the carriers like some OEMs do. Samsung should be in the same position, but I don't think they care as much. Don't get me wrong, OEMs aren't off the hook. A lot of devices are still running marshmallow like the Priv for instance.

12. meanestgenius

Posts: 21453; Member since: May 28, 2014

Who said that the carriers aren't? You're assuming again.

17. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Don't cry just because you got put on the spot.

21. meanestgenius

Posts: 21453; Member since: May 28, 2014

Stop whining like a little btch because I called you our on your BS.

24. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

You called our on what? Did you forget which account you are using again?

27. meanestgenius

Posts: 21453; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lol, says the guy who I made deactivate two of his troll accounts.

29. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Says the guy who continues to fight the good fight with his other alias.

34. meanestgenius

Posts: 21453; Member since: May 28, 2014

Says the guy who admitted from his own Flash account that he has multiple accounts and that he is mxyzptlk.

37. CAVBR

Posts: 133; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

The BlackBerry has more than 3 devices, and also does a good job. Sony has also been doing well updating the Xperia X series.

3. .KRATOS.

Posts: 440; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

I hope Nokia will be like Apple in terms of the software update and support their phones fast and for more then just 2 major updates like all other Android manufacters, if it'll be the case then Nokia will be a big hit

5. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

We will see. If not, they of course have their litigation of standard features against other more successful OEMs.

7. meanestgenius

Posts: 21453; Member since: May 28, 2014

Nokia/HMD has committed to about 2 years worth of full OS updates on their Android handsets. A lot of other Android manufacturers haven't made such a commitment outside of the major ones. As long as they adhere to this, their speedy security patches that rival Google's in terms of when it's received on their Android devices, keep that clean stock Android OS going on their Android handsets, and continue with their great build quality and add features that people want, I don't see why they wouldn't be successful.

10. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Until they've actually "proven" that they are as committed as Google are with their Nexus and Pixel devices then they are not on Google's level.

14. meanestgenius

Posts: 21453; Member since: May 28, 2014

They already have, especially with security patches. It's called research. It helps.

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