Yet another modest Nokia smartphone is receiving Android 9.0 Pie

Yet another modest Nokia smartphone is receiving Android 9.0 Pie
You may have expected Nokia to slow down its crazy pace of updating old smartphones to the newest Android flavor at least for the duration of the MWC 2019 trade show, where the company's latest flagship model was unveiled alongside a bunch of refreshed low to mid-enders

But after kicking off stable Android 9.0 Pie rollouts for the original Nokia 6 version and entry-level 2.1 in the days leading up to Barcelona's Mobile World Congress, the revived Finnish brand is now already deploying the same goodie pack for the Nokia 3.1 Plus. This fairly modest 6-incher actually received a jumbo-sized sequel with a notch on Sunday, so in a way, you could say the handset was overdue for a major OS promotion.


At the same time, we can't help but point out how far behind Nokia other mobile device vendors are when it comes to official Android 9.0 updates. We've literally lost count of how many Nokia-branded phones have made the switch from Oreo to Pie since September. It's easier to remember how many are left to receive these UI revisions and performance enhancements until June anyway. That number is four. Namely, the Nokia 3.1, 5.1, Nokia 3, and Nokia 1. 

Meanwhile, Samsung is yet to send the update to a single mid-range device, the Moto Z3 Play got the ball rolling in the US a measly couple of weeks ago, and the ultra-high-end Razer Phone 2 still hasn't completed its internal beta testing program.

Granted, the Nokia 3.1 Plus is more technologically "impressive" than the 2.1, but that MediaTek Helio P22 processor under its hood remains a featherweight. Stateside, the low-end, no-notch phone is exclusively available through Cricket Wireless in a variant that actually runs Android Pie out the box. You can start checking for the update everywhere else and expect noticeable improvements in general UI fluidity, as well as privacy and security, accessibility, battery life, and even camera capabilities.

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15 Comments

1. abhicool

Posts: 43; Member since: Sep 25, 2018

NOKIA is not in hurry They are taking slow and steady path to make their position in top place. I am using Nokia 7 plus and have received pie last year itself. Go Nokia...

2. antroid

Posts: 370; Member since: Jan 24, 2018

Very impressed by the Nokia support even for their budget phones

3. stulla

Posts: 76; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Samsung is a disgrace

4. Vogue1985

Posts: 383; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

Wow, they update there phones really fast

9. Venom

Posts: 3109; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Fast compared to other OEMs, yes.

10. meanestgenius

Posts: 21453; Member since: May 28, 2014

Indeed they do. They are faster than most OEM’s when it comes to updates, and they update a larger amount of their smartphones than most, if not all.

12. Venom

Posts: 3109; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Apparently there's some salt in the air that means some people are threatened by the cold hard facts.

14. meanestgenius

Posts: 21453; Member since: May 28, 2014

Apparently some people are so triggered by others responses to you that they take cowardly potshots because of the facts that others post.

5. meanestgenius

Posts: 21453; Member since: May 28, 2014

HMD currently has the most impressive track record when it comes to updating their fleet of Nokia branded smartphones (meaning more than 3 smartphones to worry about) outside of the Pixel line, and with less issues than the Pixel line. Other OEM’s can learn from HMD.

6. Habib111

Posts: 34; Member since: Feb 12, 2019

Yeah yeah they are good with updates but poor with features

7. meanestgenius

Posts: 21453; Member since: May 28, 2014

Those “good” updates are part of the reason why HMD is top 10 global smartphone manufacturer, top 10 smartphone manufacturer in China, and top 5 brand (Nokia) in many countries around the world, including Europe and parts of Africa. These are things that I highly doubt novelty features and poor updates could bring them.

8. Venom

Posts: 3109; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

For the most part, these are phones that are very much stock Android. They are essentially the Nexus in everything except the name. And don't let the Nokia Defense Force get to you. It's mostly just hot air and ignorance.

11. meanestgenius

Posts: 21453; Member since: May 28, 2014

What I said is accurate. And don’t let the “Complain for the sake of complaining” crew sway you from the facts. They mostly spew hot air and ignorance.

13. Venom

Posts: 3109; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

As you can see, I called it just as is.

15. meanestgenius

Posts: 21453; Member since: May 28, 2014

As you can see, I called it, and the guilty party responded.

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