Some of Nokia's first Android phones will receive an extra year of Android security updates

Some of Nokia's first Android phones will receive an extra year of Android security updates
Nokia announced today (actually HMD Global) that it was adding an extra year of quarterly Android security updates for some of its first Android devices released back in 2017. Those models, the Nokia 8, Nokia 6, Nokia 5, Nokia 3 and Nokia 2 were promised two major Android updates and two years of regular security updates. Now, several of these models will each receive quarterly security updates up until the third year of their respective launch dates.

The Nokia 3 will be the first to start receiving the additional quarterly updates, which will begin in September and run every three months until September 2020. The other models will have a schedule as follows:

  • Nokia 5 - Quarterly patch begins from October 2019 until October 2020.
  • Nokia 6 - Quarterly patch begins from October 2019 until October 2020.
  • Nokia 8 - Quarterly patch begins from October 2019 until October 2020.
There are some things we need to point out. The Amazon version of the Nokia 6 in the U.S. and India will lose support for security updates after October 2019. And users of the Nokia 2 will receive their last security update in November 2019.


It might not be as nice as receiving a third major Android OS update, but it's still refreshing to see an Android manufacturer step up like this to give its customers an extra 12 months of security updates.

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9 Comments

1. Subie

Posts: 2388; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Way to go HMD Global!

2. meanestgenius

Posts: 22267; Member since: May 28, 2014

I think this is great! HMD has followed through on their promise 2 years support for OS and Security updates, and to now extend the security updates for an additional year for some is fantastic. Just another reason why I also use their smartphones. There are a whole lot of smartphone OEM’s that can learn from this.

3. Demo-jay

Posts: 77; Member since: Feb 13, 2018

I’d be happy if it was a major update instead of security but ofcoz I wouldn’t buy a new phone if I’d get an OS update...

6. Venom

Posts: 3722; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I'd be happy if they would just release more high end phones to the US instead of foodstamp phones. The Nokia 7.1 was the last one that was worth getting imo.

7. meanestgenius

Posts: 22267; Member since: May 28, 2014

I’m happier with security updates, as they are arguably more important, but that’s just me. I’m just glad that HMD has been making more and more of their smartphones available to those that really buy them in the U.S., like the Nokia 9 Pureview, the best Nokia branded smartphone on the market today that’s absolutely worth getting, especially if one is looking to buy a Nokia smartphone.

8. Venom

Posts: 3722; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

That's just me is just a sign that some people are trying to force their opinion onto others regardless if they asked for it or not. Case in point, I say that the 7.1 is the best Nokia phone ever released in the US, and some mean geeks get so emotional about it. It's kind of sad yet funny.

9. meanestgenius

Posts: 22267; Member since: May 28, 2014

“That’s just me” isn’t a sign of me forging anything, it’s me noting that it’s my preference. Stop picking fights over something that doesn’t concern you. And before you say you weren’t and didn’t say any names, I’m the only here that said “that’s just me”, so it’s clear that you are referring to me. Stop being so emotional over my preference and over the fact that the Nokia 9 Pureview is logically and factually the best Nokia branded smartphone released worldwide today.

4. Omega unregistered

This is just a marketing stunts because the Android One phone should get an OS update for 2 years and security for 3 years. For their die hard fans who are blinded by their love to the brand this will look amazing but educated people will easily see through their bullsh!t.

5. meanestgenius

Posts: 22267; Member since: May 28, 2014

You do realize that the Nokia branded smartphones listed in the article ARE NOT Android One smartphones, right? These smartphones were launched before HMD went the Android One route. So what “bullsht” would there be to see through, with this being the case? I guess being a “diehard fan” means I’m educated enough to know this, while you need to educate yourself on which Nokia branded smartphones are Android One, and which ones are not.

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