Four Nokia smartphones will soon receive Android 9 Pie, HMD Global confirms

Four Nokia smartphones will soon receive Android 9 Pie, HMD Global confirms
HMD Global is one of the most efficient companies when it comes to pushing out Android updates – the Nokia 7 Plus received Android 9 Pie just one month and a half after its release. And today, at the Nokia 7.1 unveiling event, the company provided an updated timeline for some of its other devices.

During the month of October, HMD Global has announced that both the regular Nokia 6.1 and the larger 6.1 Plus will be updated with the newest version of Android. Owners of the Nokia 8 and Nokia 8 Sirocco, on the other hand, should also be pleased to hear that their update is scheduled for November.

As with the Nokia 7 Plus, no official changelog has been provided, although features such as Adaptive Battery, Adaptive Brightness, and Do Not Disturb mode will be included. Similarly, the Digital Wellbeing implementations that were announced with Pie will also make an appearance. Lastly, as this will be the stock version of Android 9 Pie, the smartphones will soon support the new gesture-based interface.

source: HMD Global



1. Qbsoon

Posts: 4; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

What about Nokia 6 (not 2018)?

2. joshuaswingle

Posts: 653; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

It will eventually receive the update but HMD is concentrating on its newest/most important phones at the moment.

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 22475; Member since: May 28, 2014

Awesome. HMD has been doing an amazing job at updating their Nokia branded smartphones. For a still relatively new Android OEM, they've been putting a lot of other Android manufacturers to shame in that retrospect. Eagerly awaiting this update to hit my Nokia 6.1.

4. perry1234

Posts: 654; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

I don’t think anyone right now is better in this regard than HMD. Seriously, I am surprised that many other manufacturers don’t realise the impact that timely updates can have on your primary customer base. The company essentially gains loyal customers and repeat business which is any day a better long term strategy than releasing several phones and forgetting about them in an year just because they are mid range. I also never placed much value in the market term “midrange”. Most makers set and justify low expectation just because of this.Something midrange for one maybe somebody’s else’s first step into the smartphone market. Or it may have an emotional connect. I know a friend , whose father presented him a Note 3 Neo when he passed college with good grades. Some days later, the father passed away in a road accident. Needless to say, the now defunt model still holds a special place in the guy’s heart, something which no processor can compensate for. He brought an unboxed model of the same phone from a tech site for a price that someone with no background might probably scoff at. It is no longer his primary phone, but it is his special phone. TL;DR : Hats off to HMD for providing flagship support to their relatively afforable devices.

5. ijuanp03

Posts: 654; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

I bought the Nokia 6.1 Plus last week and it's not as good as you think it is. Build quality is meh. The metal frame feels cheap (not series 6000 aluminum) and the plastic antenna inserts are not co-molded with the device. The recently-announced 7.1 should have been the 6.1 Plus because it fixed all the issues with the build.. as well as some hardware changes like a better camera module. Also, it might be an Android One device but I feel my Moto X4 is snappier. BUT I love this phone. I can install Gcam with no issues so the camera is as good as any flagship. Not to mention it will get Android Pie this month so at least I can brag something.

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