Nokia 6.1 starts receiving official Android 9 Pie update

Nokia 6.1 starts receiving official Android 9 Pie update
Those of you considering a purchase of the newly released Nokia 7.1 at a reasonable price of $350 unlocked may want to think about a slightly older and even cheaper HMD-made smartphone officially available in the US before making a final decision.

That’s because the Nokia 6.1, originally released last spring running Android 8.1 Oreo, is today starting to receive a fresh and tasty 9 Pie update, as confirmed by Juho Sarvikas, HMD Global's Chief Product Officer, on Twitter.

The mid-range 5.5-incher is the company’s second device to score Google’s latest software tweaks, performance enhancements, and security patches in stable, close-to-stock form, following the higher-end Nokia 7 Plus around a month ago.

More over-the-air Android 9.0 Pie updates are right around the corner, targeting handsets as diverse as the Nokia 6.1 Plus, 8, 8 Sirocco, and even the modest 5.1 Plus.

Of course, depending on where you live and exactly how lucky you are, you may have to wait a little while longer for the official update to reach your specific Nokia 6.1 unit. Until that happens, those still looking for an inexpensive Android phone with GSM connectivity, a single Zeiss-powered rear-facing camera, and no notch, could always consider buying the unlocked 6.1 from Amazon or B&H Photo Video for around $230.

The Android One handset will only get better with sweet Pie treats, including App Actions, Adaptive Battery, new system navigation, Slices, and Adaptive Brightness functionality.

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15 Comments

1. meanestgenius

Posts: 21017; Member since: May 28, 2014

Awesome. Will be waiting for the update to hit my Nokia 6.1. Great job on keeping your promise, and kudos to you, HMD.

2. libra89

Posts: 2039; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Agreed.

3. Venom

Posts: 2688; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Good job getting the Pie update out. Just a shy bit behind the Pixel phones and the Essential phone. Don't think any other OEM is going to be better.

4. meanestgenius

Posts: 21017; Member since: May 28, 2014

What does Google and Essential that have to do with the Nokia 6.1 getting the Pie update?

5. Venom

Posts: 2688; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

They are the only phones iirc that actually have Pie. Doesn't take a genius to figure that one out.

6. meanestgenius

Posts: 21017; Member since: May 28, 2014

But they still have nothing to with this article, the Nokia 6.1, Nokia or HMD. But I guess only a genius can see this.

8. Venom

Posts: 2688; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

It's called a "comparison." I guess you can't see it then.

9. meanestgenius

Posts: 21017; Member since: May 28, 2014

It's called "neither of those companies have anything to do with HMD." I guess you can't see it then.

10. Venom

Posts: 2688; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

It's called "I'm just disagreeing because Venom said something I didn't like." I never said they had anything to do with Nokia. I said it was a comparison. Plain and simple.

11. meanestgenius

Posts: 21017; Member since: May 28, 2014

It’s called “the truth”, and you just don’t agree with it because it I’m the one saying it. Those companies have nothing to do with HMD or even this article. Plain and simple.

12. Venom

Posts: 2688; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

The truth is that you are just picking a fight just to pick a fight and you know it. You say that they have nothing to do with the article until it's convenient for you.

13. meanestgenius

Posts: 21017; Member since: May 28, 2014

The truth is that YOU are picking a fight over a questioned that I asked because it's me that asked it, and you know it. They don't have anything to do with the article, you're just trying to change the facts to suit your false narrative.

14. Venom

Posts: 2688; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

You asked a question and I answered it. Not my fault if you were just trying to pick a fight just because you dislike what I said. They have about as much to do with the article as anything else that gets brought up particularly when you are taking potshots.

15. meanestgenius

Posts: 21017; Member since: May 28, 2014

I asked a question and you got triggered and defensive over it, and it was because it was me that asked it. Not my fault that you're not mature enough to handle questions without picking fights. They have nothing to do with an article about Nokia branded smartphones, you just want to take cheap potshots as usual.

7. anleoflippy

Posts: 596; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

Got it on my TA-1043 variant, so far so good.

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