Surprisingly, Nokia 6 2nd Generation gets Android 8.0 Oreo at first boot

We already know HMD Global is pretty fast when it comes to software update, but we didn't think it's that fast. A few days ago, the Finnish company added a new device to its portfolio of smartphones available in China, the Nokia 6 2nd Generation (or Nokia 6 2018).

The official specs sheet that was published when the phone was announced mentions the Nokia 6 2nd Generation ships with Android Nougat on board. However, HMD said the phone will get an Android 8.0 Oreo update soon after launch.

Even though Nokia 6 2nd Generation does ship with Nougat on board, the smartphone is getting the Android Oreo update on the first boot. We can't confirm it yet, but apparently, there are many reports coming from China suggesting that.

Also, even though it's exclusive to China, the Nokia 6 2nd Generation comes with the option to install Google services. But keep in mind that some of them can't be uninstalled afterward.

source: NPU

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21 Comments

1. kiko007

Posts: 7518; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Maybe I missed it but is Treble support a part of the update?

2. Hyperreal

Posts: 361; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

Is it really that fast? I think it's a shame it launched with Nougat. PA is so biased, sometimes you criticise for slow updates, sometimes you give credits for a fast update, which in fact is already...late?

3. Tech-shake

Posts: 213; Member since: Nov 14, 2016

Fgs give them a break lol! It is like whatever they write about someone will complain in the comments section

6. Hyperreal

Posts: 361; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

I don't really care and it's fine for me. I don't complain. All I want to say is that people tend to criticise last year models for not already being updated to Oreo while other are praising new models for "quick" updates. nevermind. I didn't mean to complain about it, just saying everybody has a different point of view about software support.

5. nokia12

Posts: 610; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

may not be fastest but it's not late by any means.. it is launching with Android 8.0 ( device hasn't even properly launched yet .. first sale is on 10th )

21. kefalin

Posts: 292; Member since: Feb 08, 2015

Still better than 500€ Galaxy A8 that launches with Nougat and who knows when it gets Oreo

4. Pigaro

Posts: 87; Member since: May 15, 2016

Android Z

7. mootu

Posts: 1530; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

If it's shipping with nougat then it's HMD's way of not being tied in to Treble. Only phones shipping with Oreo have to commit to the program.

8. Subie

Posts: 2395; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

That's an interesting theory. But I don't see why HMD would care either way, seeing as they are using stock Android for their Nokia phones to begin with.

9. nokia12

Posts: 610; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

my guess is.. Nokia 6 was in development for long time with nougat , they started manufacturing 6 2018 before the Oreo update was ready so as to build up good stock levels for chinese pre/ new year sales .. Oreo update likely finished just a week or a few days ago .. if they had waited till now ro start production , launch probably would have been delayed by 3 weeks to a month more and risk missing all the pre/ new year sales - chinese new year is on 16th feb.,, as Nokia phones faced strong demand/supply issues last year ..

10. Subie

Posts: 2395; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

That's a well though out guess my friend. It perfectly explains why HMD would be shipping this device with Nougat first. But how does it relate to HMD not wanting to be tied into, or commit to treble?

12. nokia12

Posts: 610; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

i don't think there is full confirmation till now whether this devices will have treble support or not.. but as for other Nokia devices it was explained that treble requires a separate partition to be created on device.. if the device did not ship with that partition already , doing that over the air can brick devices .. which is a big risk for any company .. so they left it out.. same reason for some other companies.. If HMD did pay attention to this fact when 6 2018 was being manufactured they should have this partition , and treble likely can be supported.. but even if it's not.. The global version will definitely have it .. bummer for Chinese friends though

15. Subie

Posts: 2395; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Best answer yet, thanks for your input!

11. mootu

Posts: 1530; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

Well supposedly being part of Treble is expensive (lot of code to write in a certain timeframe) and for smaller OEM's could hit them hard. Notice that the OEM's that could have released with Oreo but have not are all small or have money problems, for example OnePlus, Nokia, Razer,HTC, and all run close to stock Android. The ones signed up for treble are giants Huawei, Sony. It's only a theory of mine but it makes sense (to me anyway).

13. Subie

Posts: 2395; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Money costs would definitely be a good reason. If true then it's also possible that Nokia has no plans to update this device past Oreo. I'm saying this from that same money mentality, as I though that treble was supposed to make it cheaper for OEM's to issue updates to their devices... https://1reddrop.com/2017/05/12/project-treble-android-o-will-speed-up-oem-updates-samsung-smartphone-vendors/

17. mootu

Posts: 1530; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

Nokia already pledged to update all 2017 phones to android P, They do seem very good with updates so far.http://www.trustedreviews.com/news/nokia-android-p-update-3299344 As for Treble, Google should just make it mandatory, if you want to use the Android platform then treble must be commited to, just my opinion of course.

14. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Hey darkkjedii, how is this phone? Tell us please.

16. Subie

Posts: 2395; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

This phone was just launched and in China only. My guess is you're just trolling darkk in a Nokia article knowing full well he may never see your post?

18. dimas

Posts: 3383; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

I won't mind nokia 6 2nd gen get a little late on worlwide release as long as it will have oreo out of the box.

19. kevin007in

Posts: 327; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

and we r still waiting for samsung s7 edge for OREO. Samsung is always Last as usual.

20. paeschli

Posts: 35; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

They REALLY did get out of their way to avoid having to support Treble

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