Update champ: Nokia 5 first to get latest Android security patch, software yet to be released on Google's Pixel devices

HMD Global, the current manufacturer of Nokia handsets, has been engaged in a peculiar competition with Google over the past few months. The Finnish company is ambitiously attempting to upgrade its devices with the latest Android software before anyone else, including the search engine giant who owns the entire mobile platform.

HMD's intentions became apparent in July when the Nokia 6 was the first handset to get the Android security update for that month. Now, it appears that the Nokia 5 has overtaken Google's Pixel and Nexus devices and has become the first to get the security patch for September. 

Weighing in at 142MB, 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 present on the Android Security Bulletin.

As you might know, the manufacturer likes to embellish its Android-powered Nokia phones with a very clean version of Android to assure a bloat-free experience and on-time updates. HMD has also recently assured fans that its entire smartphone lineup will receive the Android O update.

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

via NPU



1. notfair

Posts: 776; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

OMG, this is great!

2. Myphoneisonfire

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 05, 2016


3. Panino

Posts: 62; Member since: Aug 13, 2015

Releasing security update sooner than Google itself is uncommon but kudos to Nokia !

4. samgsam

Posts: 152; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

Security updates don't need much modifications. If HMD releases Oreo update before anyone else(except google), then we can count on them.

8. KingSam

Posts: 1516; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

They have like 5 phones. If they limit theyre released phones its easy. When they have 20 models well see. Just like moto nowadays.

13. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

if they're so easy then why do most manufacturers not push them

5. raduverdes

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 05, 2017

Huawei, do you hear/read this ?

6. meanestgenius

Posts: 22773; Member since: May 28, 2014

The latest security update being released for a Nokia Android handset before Google's own handsets is great news, indeed. So far, HMD/Nokia are living up to their word of speedy security patches. Just one reason why HMD/Nokia are one of my OEM's of choice. On a side note, a certain someone isn't going to be happy with this news. You'll know who it is when he comments on this article.

7. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1354; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

This goes to show how far in advance Google makes updates available to manufacturers.

9. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Google has to make it available. A certain someone just got fed a dish of crow with a side of humble pie.

10. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

This changes NOTHING. Google is still the champion when it comes to Android updates and security updates. #Fact

11. meanestgenius

Posts: 22773; Member since: May 28, 2014

You're so triggered by this, lol. Obviously it has, as far as security updates go, or Google would have released it first. #Fact

15. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

I'm not. Google makes it available for OEMs you clown. You just don't want to admit that.

16. meanestgenius

Posts: 22773; Member since: May 28, 2014

You are. Stop lying. That has nothing to do with Nokia releasing it to their handsets before them, you idiot. You just don't want to admit that.

17. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

You responded to me you clown. How does that make me triggered? It does when Google has to release the security update.

18. meanestgenius

Posts: 22773; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lol, easy, idiot. You're triggered because my response to you triggered you. Obviously not, since Nokia still beat Google to the punch, even with Google having to make it available first.

12. PhoneInQuestion

Posts: 496; Member since: Aug 20, 2017

Is that why Google released Lollipop 5.0.1 as one of the biggest dumpster fires since... Well... Never?

14. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Lollipop was a flop, alphageek.

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