The first Nokia smartphones could receive Android P as early as August

The first Nokia smartphones could receive Android P as early as August
HDM Global is one of the few handset makers that confirmed all its current Nokia smartphones will be updated to Android P once Google releases the new version of the OS. Unfortunately, since the Mountain View company hasn't yet announced when exactly Android P will be released, there's no to tell when the Nokia phone will get the update.

However, Google did mention that Android P will be launched sometime in Q3 2018, which means that as we head into the month of July the major Android OS update could hit Pixel, and hopefully Nokia, devices anytime.

If you happen to own a Nokia smartphone, chances are that you'll be among the first to receive the Android P update according to a recent report. An email exchange between a Nokia smartphone user and Nokia Mobile Care reveals some interesting details about HMD Global's software update plans.

Although Android P Developer Preview is only available for a single smartphone released by HMD – the Nokia 7 plus, the Finnish company plans to release the final version to all its handset starting August. This sounds too good to be true, even though the timeline fits with Google's ETA for the Android P release.

It wouldn't be the first time that a company's support rep offers wrong information about a highly-anticipated update, so we definitely suggest our readers to take the report with a grain of salt.

source: NPU

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37 Comments

1. kevin007in

Posts: 327; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Why cannot others learn from NOKIA when it comes to updates

4. worldpeace

Posts: 3133; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

It's not Nokia, it's Google that trying to save Nokia's ass.. It's called "Android ONE", almost all Nokia phone released this year supported by Android One. Nokia 7 plus is just one of many Android One smartphones that will get early android P, just like pixel.

5. meanestgenius

Posts: 22035; Member since: May 28, 2014

How is Google “saving Nokia’s a$$” when: 1) Nokia doesn’t make phones anymore. It’s HMD that makes Nokia branded smartphones now. 2) HMD already promised that ALL of their current smartphones would receive Android P BEFORE they even released an Android One handset and they have been great with the monthly security updates?

33. MDCHO

Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

Very true Meanestgenius. HMD already promise updates for their phone and they keep their promise. They have fast security update and already say that their current phone wil be updated to Android P. You speak the truth, unlike somone here.

36. meanestgenius

Posts: 22035; Member since: May 28, 2014

Exactly, MDCHO. Sone people clearly don’t do research and are in denial, and spit venom when you make it known that they don’t

28. Venom

Posts: 3548; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I agree. Nokia has to rely on Google via Android One to keep their phones updated to make it easier on them. I won't be mean when you're speaking the truth.

2. Venom

Posts: 3548; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

If Nokia finally ever decides to sell their phones in the US for ALL carriers, they will have fulfilled a niche left by Motorola. They used to be the fastest OEM for updates before they were gutted by Lenovo. Hopefully Nokia will expand their market and release their devices here in the US for ANY carrier.

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 22035; Member since: May 28, 2014

Awesome! Nokia branded smartphones by HMD are really proving to be the smartphones to own. Fast OS updates. Fast monthly security updates that sometimes beat Google to the punch. And HMD has their Nokia branded smartphones outselling the likes of the Google Pixel, OnePlus, Essential Phone and others. They’ve proven that their GSM unlocked handsets are in much more demand through the world, as opposed to those I listed, and that’s without much of a presence in the U.S. market, while the other guys have a presence their. Awesome job, HMD.

32. Venom

Posts: 3548; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

You keep saying sometimes beats Google to the punch, well let's see proof of that then. The HMD phones aren't even on the same level as the Pixel phones. The Pixel phones are FLAGSHIP devices with high end specs while the HMD phones are mostly midrange phones for the affordable market. And the US is part of the world last time I checked.

37. meanestgenius

Posts: 22035; Member since: May 28, 2014

https://www.phonearena.com/news/Nokia-6-first-to-get-July-security-update-patch-yet-to-be-released-on-Googles-Pixel-devices_id95698 Proof^ that HMD has beaten Google to the punch before with security updates. As for Nokia Smartphones not being on the same level as Pixel smartphones: If you’re referring to not being on the same level when it comes to crappy software and a plethora of bugs/issues, then you’re absolutely correct. A “flagship” SHOULD NOT have as many issues as Pixel phones do from one generation to the next. There is more to the world than the U.S. last time I checked.

6. vasta

Posts: 74; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

Too bad no one cares about these boring, generic stock Android chinaphones. As long as they insist on continuing their unimaginative strategy of going with stock, HMD won’t live up to the full potential of the brand.

7. Zylam

Posts: 1816; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Stock Android fans are true Android fans.

8. vasta

Posts: 74; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

Not sure what your point is?

9. meanestgenius

Posts: 22035; Member since: May 28, 2014

Stock Android is the way to go for faster and smoother updates from Android, which is something that more and more Android users prefer. It’s not like you can’t throw a launcher on to your Nokia smartphone if you so choose. And the sales that HMD has been having with their Nokia branded smartphones prove that many Android users prefer stock Android. HMD has been doing just fine using stock Android for their Nokia smartphones.

12. vasta

Posts: 74; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

“which is something that more and more Android users prefer” Source? Or your only basis for this claim is the imaginary success you think HMD has had? Who is to say that they wouldn’t have sold more devices with their own interface and additions? Launchers are not going to bring any new useful features.

13. meanestgenius

Posts: 22035; Member since: May 28, 2014

And where is your source that HMD won’t live up to the full potential of the brand? Or are you just content with remaining in denial about the real success that HMD has been having with Nokia branded smartphones? Stock Android has a real, more substantial advantage than skinned Android. Your denial won’t make it any less true.

14. vasta

Posts: 74; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

And your opinions don’t constitute as facts. The success is in your head. Chinese brands are running circles around HMD even in countries where the affinity towards the Nokia brand is/was the strongest.

15. meanestgenius

Posts: 22035; Member since: May 28, 2014

But your opinions do? Pot, meet kettle. It’s also a FACT that smartphones running stock Android receive updates at a much quicker pace than those that do not. Furthermore, my “opinions” are backed up by the real success of HMD. They have outsold many (Google, OnePlus, others), and they have just arrived on the smartphone scene. Their sales are still growing as well. The facts don’t need you to believe them for them to be facts.

16. vasta

Posts: 74; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

Unlike you I didn’t present my opinions and call them facts. Oh and did I ever say anything about updates? No I don’t think that I did, so don’t try the straw man. I repeat, your opinions are not facts. The “success” you’re referring to is highly questionable. Only a percentage or two of the smartphone market is not what I would call “success” - HMD Global had the luxury of putting a storied brand name on their phones yet so called Chinese “no name brands” are outselling them each quarter and extending the gap. HMD also received widespread media coverage with their reboots of past classics yet it hasn’t seemed to help much. The slice of the cake for HMD is not getting much bigger anymore, what they have achieved so far was the easy part.

17. meanestgenius

Posts: 22035; Member since: May 28, 2014

And yet you did present your initial comment as if it were facts: posted on17 hours agoReportReply 6. vasta (Posts: 68; Member since: 02 Apr 2018) Too bad no one cares about these boring, generic stock Android chinaphones. As long as they insist on continuing their unimaginative strategy of going with stock, HMD won’t live up to the full potential of the brand. Who are you to say that no one cares about stock Android? You are saying this as if it is a fact, when it is indeed NOT a fact. You called Nokia branded smartphones “chinaphones” when HMD is made up of and ran by many people of nationalities other than Chinese. You said that HMD won’t live up to the full potential of the brand, when there is strong evidence that proves otherwise. Did I say that you mentioned updates? No, I did not, so please try and comprehend what I type. I mentioned updates as a plus of stock Android, and that is a FACT, not a “straw man.” Their “success” is a FACT. It isn’t questionable when there is documented proof of their success. HMD has only just recently entered the smartphone arena, and they are already outselling Giants like Google, and OnePlus, for example. And their are many others that they are outselling. Them gaining market share so early while others who have been in the game for DECADES are losing market share is a success. And this is which them only being in the smartphone game for little over a year. The “wide spread” media coverage clearly helped them, as they are increasing sales and gaining market share. The “slice” HMD has achieved will only continue to grow, and that’s evident by the sellouts of some of their latest offerings.

18. mootu

Posts: 1517; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

Why do you keep mentioning Google and OnePlus, those two sell in the high end of the market whereas the vast majority of Nokia devices are selling in the low to mid range, obviously they will sell more than Google and OnePlus. Try comparing them to a company closer in the market like Xiaomi and then Nokia is not doing so well. Don't get me wrong i'm loving what Nokia/HMD is doing and when they release a phone thats right for me i will jump ship to them but i think the comparisons you are making are way off.

19. meanestgenius

Posts: 22035; Member since: May 28, 2014

I keep mentioning them because: 1) I can. 2) HMD outselling them was mentioned in many articles across the Internet, including here. 3) Because it’s a FACT. 4) Because it’s a FACT. (Yeah, I said it twice to drive the point home). 5) Becaue they sold more handsets than low to mid range smartphone OEM’s like Alcatel, Asus, Gionee, Meizu, Lenovo, and Coolpad as well. These are OEM’s “closer to their market” that they have outsold as well, so they are in fact doing well. For fortunately for me, what you think about my comparisons are of absolute zero concern to me, as what I’m saying is concerning HMD are verifiable facts.

22. mootu

Posts: 1517; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

24. meanestgenius

Posts: 22035; Member since: May 28, 2014

No they are not, as this is what I am talking about and where I am drawing my information from: https://nokiapoweruser.com/nokia-sold-smartphones-htc-sony-google-oneplus-lenovo-q4-2017/ https://www.techradar.com/news/nokia-sells-44-million-smartphones-in-q4-2017-surpasses-oneplus-google-and-others Looks like you’re the one that’s full of bull$#!t.

26. meanestgenius

Posts: 22035; Member since: May 28, 2014

Also, from your first link: “Nokia HMD, iTel, Xiaomi, Tecno, OnePlus and Huawei were the noted brands in the fastest growing category” Notice how Nokia HMD is noted as one of “noted brands in the fastest growth category”? Where is Lenovo? I’ll tell you where. In your same link, it’s noted that Lenovo branded phones sold less, while the Motorola brand that it owns did well. If not for Motorola, Lenovo would have sunk even further. It’s Lenovo branded smartphones that are bringing the entire “Lenovorola” brand down. Can’t wait to see what happens next quarter.

27. meanestgenius

Posts: 22035; Member since: May 28, 2014

Also, this is the more current link of the nokiamob site, compared to the one you posted: http://nokiamob.net/2018/05/04/nokia-smartphones-back-in-top-10-in-q1-2018-according-to-sa/ It has Nokia/HMD’s corrected selling numbers, which puts it at a little more than the link you posted. Nice cherry picking.

23. mootu

Posts: 1517; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

30. Venom

Posts: 3548; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

HMD is barely even at the top. It has been stated multiple times that Lenovo has a higher share than HMD does.

31. Venom

Posts: 3548; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I'll tell you why, because I favor Google high end phones and for some reason, he continues to bring up the Pixel phones each and every time a Nokia discussion comes up.

39. meanestgenius

Posts: 22035; Member since: May 28, 2014

I don’t give a good gottdam what you favor. You’re the one that admitted to having a problem with BlackBerry because of me in your very first account here, remember? Don’t project your ways onto me because I speak the truth.

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