Nokia 6 first to get July security update, patch yet to be released on Google's Pixel devices


HMD Global, the current manufacturer of Nokia handsets, is serious about delivering timely updates to its smartphones. The Android security update for July 2017 is now rolling out OTA for Nokia 6 units across Taiwan and Hong Kong. 

Weighing in at 149MB, the new firmware brings the latest fixes for security vulnerabilities found on the Android platform. It's interesting to note that at the time of writing, the patch is not even out yet for Google's own Pixel flagships, nor is it present on the Android Security Bulletin. 


If you don't happen to be too familiar with the Nokia 6, this is largely due to it being available only in China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong at the moment. Some of the most notable features of this mid-range device include a 5.5-inch 1080p display, a 16MP rear camera, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 chipset. HMD has said that it will introduce the handset to more markets in the near future, with an estimated price tag of about ‚ā¨229 ($229 for the US). 

The manufacturer is touting that its new Android-powered Nokia phones come with a very clean version of Android and on-time software updates. HMD is also promising that every smartphone it produces will get the latest software updates for a minimum of two years, which means that the Nokia 35, and 6 are bound to get a fast upgrade to the upcoming Android O. 

Do you consider these prompt updates as a big incentive to buy a Nokia smartphone in the future? Let us know in the comments!

FEATURED VIDEO

18 Comments

1. peace247 unregistered

Good job..... Let's see if they can continue this in future

8. sgodsell

Posts: 7456; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

This is more of a publicity stunt, than a security patch. How does HMD know what to currently patch on Android right now? Especially when other companies that specifically‚Äč only work on patching Android, haven't released a patch yet for July. It will be interesting to see how much smaller Google's Pixel patch will be compared to HMD's patch.

9. meanestgenius

Posts: 22290; Member since: May 28, 2014

You seem personally offended. Why not just congratulate on a job well done?

10. kiko007

Posts: 7518; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Look at who you're asking. The only thing I've ever seen him post about is his obsession with VR [porn], so I wouldn't hold my breath on him seeing the forest for the trees lol.

11. meanestgenius

Posts: 22290; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lol, you're absolutely correct.

13. sgodsell

Posts: 7456; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Googles Pixel update has been released today as well and it's only 70 MB. So what is in Nokia's so called security patch that is over 2 times as big? I will stress it again. This security patch from Nokia is BS. Especially when they added a lot of other crap. Who knows what else they added. Kiko007 is an iPhone user who doesn't know his head from his butt when it comes to Android. Whereas you meanestgenius, your a Windows guy. Another person who knows very little about Android. Hey meanestgenius I heard you will be looking for a new job pretty soon since Microsoft is letting go of a ton of jobs pretty soon.

14. samgsam

Posts: 149; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

Maybe your are the CEO of Google then, because you know everything about Android. Isn't it? Do you own a nokia 6 and have you tested the latest update? Do you even know how software testing is done? Just think about it before telling everyone that this update is BS because you have no proof.

15. kiko007

Posts: 7518; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Bruh... no. Just... no... stop it.

16. meanestgenius

Posts: 22290; Member since: May 28, 2014

Obviously, Nokia/HMD added some performance improvements in there, much like BlackBerry does when they release their Android Security Patches. Post a link proving that it's BS to back your claim. Otherwise, you're just blowing hot haterade. Kiko007 is also an Android user, and he's much more level headed than you are. All you do is troll Apple articles whenever you comment, as well as other non-Android OEM's/OS's. You're a complete idiot and a half of you think I'm a "Windows guy". Where you been the entire 3 years I've been on this site? Because it certainly wasn't on the majority of articles that I comment on, which are BlackBerry articles. And unlike you, I don't just stick to one OS. I am OS agnostic. I use Android, BB10, Windows and iOS. Check your facts before commenting on what I know and don't know. You're an idiot troll that has his head shoved so far up Google's @$$ that if Google was an actual person, you'd be able to see his tonsils from his rear end.

17. PenTiltoKet

Posts: 552; Member since: May 18, 2016

Everybody know that you were BB suck up. You defend BB blindly, and you pretend to use all device, and pretend to buy all BB product

18. meanestgenius

Posts: 22290; Member since: May 28, 2014

Everybody knows that you're a hating, trolling idiot. You troll BlaxkBerry blindly without knowing factual information about them, and you pretend to use a smartphone when we both know that you're sitting behind mommy and daddy's 10 year old computer with your featureless flip phone beside you. Your avatar proves how much of a troll you really are, and right now, you're in extreme pain because I called you out on your BS earlier.

2. PenTiltoKet

Posts: 552; Member since: May 18, 2016

Congratulation nokia. You beat samsung, google. You also beat some company that always says its the most secure but no one cares

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 22290; Member since: May 28, 2014

You care. That's why you bothered to even bring it up.

6. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2453; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I believe the reasoning for this is that Blackberry waits for the actual bulletin where it lists what the update is patching to be posted before they go ahead with allowing the patch to update their devices. As of right now, Google hasn't posted the actual security bulletin for July yet.

7. NickHill

Posts: 388; Member since: May 07, 2016

Even Motorola released Lollipop for X and G devices before the Nexus but they couldn't keep up. Its just matter of time.

4. meanestgenius

Posts: 22290; Member since: May 28, 2014

This is great news for Nokia/HMD. Speedy monthly Security patches are better than full OS updates, IMO. Hopefully, Nokia/HMD can maintain such diligence going forward. Looking forward to picking up a Nokia 6, and then, the Nokia flagship when it's released.

5. adi90

Posts: 554; Member since: Dec 21, 2015

It is really great to see an android manufacturer giving importance to good software experience instead of following spec race.

12. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

Very well done Nokia. Keep it going and bring a flagship device with the same quality camera from the Windows Mobile platform, then we'll do business.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.