Another Nokia phone available in the US receives official Android 10 update

Another Nokia phone available in the US receives official Android 10 update
By its own standards, HMD Global's Android 10 rollout started a bit late with the Nokia 8.1 back in October and expanded pretty slowly to the Nokia 9 PureView and Nokia 7.1 in December. But as detailed in an official roadmap released before the latest OS version even hit Google's Pixel devices in stable form, things are progressing at a much faster pace in the new year.

The exclusive Nokia brand licensee has managed to double its count of smartphones officially updated to Android 10 in just a little over a week in 2020. What's even more remarkable is that today's over-the-air delivery of fresh software goodies for the Nokia 6.1 follows two upgrades deployed to the Nokia 7 Plus and 6.1 Plus earlier this same week.

That's three OS promotions kicked off in three days, and yes, these are three very different handsets. The 6.1 was originally announced a full two years ago with Android 8.1 Oreo pre-loaded on the software side of things, as well as respectable overall specifications, at least by early 2018 mid-range standards. We're talking a 5.5-inch IPS LCD panel with a conventional resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, Snapdragon 630 processing power, up to 4 gigs of memory and 64 gigs of internal storage space, a single 16MP rear-facing camera with Zeiss optics, and a 3,000mAh battery.


Perhaps the most interesting thing about the Nokia 6.1 is that you can buy it in many major global markets, US included, although its $230 list price is no longer very attractive. But if you already own the phone, you should be happy to know this is Nokia's third device in the region brought up to date, joining the 9 PureView and 7.1 and beating the recently released 6.2 and 7.2 to the stable Android 10 punch.

Because HMD doesn't like to alter Google's stock vision too much, you're looking at a fairly clean and straightforward update here including things like a system-wide Dark mode option, Smart Reply functionality, a more intuitive gesture navigation system, and additional controls for privacy and location, as well as December 2019 security patches.

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11 Comments

1. kabel

Posts: 150; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

Just checked and no update, Nokia is lying.

5. meanestgenius

Posts: 22773; Member since: May 28, 2014

“Nokia” isn’t lying. The update is rolling out in stages, with the Indian market receiving it first.

2. kabel

Posts: 150; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

And PA clickbaiting me again … the update is only available for TA-1043 which is not US model. Gotta fake those people to increase the ad revenue.

9. Venom

Posts: 3966; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Nokia is relatively slow at times.

10. meanestgenius

Posts: 22773; Member since: May 28, 2014

HMD is faster and more consistent than most when it comes to updates.

12. Venom

Posts: 3966; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Who the fudge cares? Do you have to have a response to every single thing Nokia related?

4. TheAccountant unregistered

received android 10 on my Nokia 7 plus yesterday. battery has improved noticeably. 7 and half hour SoT with heavy use and 22% still remaining

6. meanestgenius

Posts: 22773; Member since: May 28, 2014

The update champ strikes again! HMD is on a roll! Kudos to HMD for keeping its word and updating this two year old smartphone.

8. Venom

Posts: 3966; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Nice to see that Nokia is getting the updates out finally although when you think about it, it’s not really substantial news since they are Android One phones, so they are guaranteed to get updates for at least two years. The 6.1 being sold for $249 is laughable considering how gimped the US version is.

11. meanestgenius

Posts: 22773; Member since: May 28, 2014

It’s “substantial news” when you see their Android One smartphones getting updates before other Android One smartphones. What’s laughable is the amount Google chargers for its Pixels with all of the issues they are having.

13. Venom

Posts: 3966; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

So? The Essential phone has been updating faster than Nokia phones and it's not even an Android One phone. What's laughable is launching a flagship with last years processor at a premium price. What's laughable is said flagship gets outclassed by something like a G8 that I recently picked up from Best Buy. 128gb of storage WITH a micro sd card slot and a headphone jack. That is laughable.

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