Nokia 7.1 follows 6.1, 6.1 Plus, and Nokia 7 Plus on Android 9.0 Pie

Nokia 7.1 follows 6.1, 6.1 Plus, and Nokia 7 Plus on Android 9.0 Pie
HMD Global, the 2016-founded company behind the spectacular resurgence of the Nokia brand, was recently declared the fastest-growing smartphone vendor of the year’s third quarter, which may have something to do with its stellar software support.

While Samsung is still ironing out the kinks of a heavily modified Android 9.0 update that’s only expected to officially roll out to the Galaxy S9 flagship family next year, the Nokia 7.1 already follows the 6.1, 6.1 Plus, and Nokia 7 Plus on the stable Pie boat.

As reiterated by Juho Sarvikas, HMD’s Chief Product Officer, on Twitter earlier today, these four impressively timely OS promotions are merely the beginning of a comprehensive program aiming to deliver Android Pie goodies “across the portfolio as fast as possible.”

The Nokia 8 and 8 Sirocco are most likely next in line, presumably followed by the Nokia 5.1 Plus, 7.1 Plus, 3.1 Plus, as well as the original 3, 5, and 6, and even the humble Nokia 1, 2, and 2.1.

For the time being, let’s just be happy a respectable mid-range device available for a reasonable price of $350 unlocked in the US can run silky smooth Android 9.0 Pie software in its “vanilla” Android One form.

Of course, while the over-the-air rollout is underway globally today, this is being phased to ensure the “highest quality and experience” are delivered, as highlighted by Juho Sarvikas, which means “some markets with longer technical approval cycles” will need to wait just a tad more. 

Something tells us the US is one of those markets, but rest assured, your update will arrive “as soon as possible” without you having to lift a finger. Just remember to perform the occasional manual check so as not to miss the goodie pack as soon as it expands.

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1. mahima

Posts: 743; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

Good news

2. Whitedot

Posts: 857; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

That took very long for Android One branded phone to get Pie. Very long!

4. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

Quicker than most, but Android One doesn't seem to be living up to what it's supposed to be, it seems.

5. Whitedot

Posts: 857; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

Yes it is. yes and no though. Sony flagships have , 1+ does too. I've been told by some ex google employer that google deliberately aren't pushing on A1 participants. Another thing is Nokia A1 software is not well optimised. Just saying, had 7+ and returned for that reason.

7. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

I have a Nokia 6.1 and 7.1 and have no issues with performance on either. But I do agree that Google hasn't been pushing out updates well at all. I am glad that HMD is doing so well as one of the newer companies to enter the smartphone space in recent years. They have a formula that works, and it's too bad companies like Essential that are also new but have a similar style just can't seem to get it right.

10. Whitedot

Posts: 857; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

Good to hear that.Other OEM"s should take best from Nokia and make it even better.

6. Venom

Posts: 3778; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I agree. I don't understand why it took so long to get Pie. Looking back, one of the Nokia phones just recently received the October security update in November. Essential still has everyone beat outside of Google.

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

Awesome! I'll be looking to update my 7.1 periodically. This is one of the things that separates HMD from lots of other OEM's. Fast updates, great build quality and stock Android have been a winning combination for HMD. Kudos goes out to them.

8. Whitedot

Posts: 857; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

Good to hear that. I was not so lucky with experience. Sad Essential didn't get it right at the first because software maintenance is exemplary. I think Nokia hit golden spot with beautiful design some beefed up specs or newer chips for the price avoiding bad gimmicks and concentrating on essentials by large. Sort of providing premium experience in the midrange and budget segment. That's my take on their success.

9. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1273; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Great work Nokia. All they need to do next is just launching phones with bigger battery. Great Battery life is the only thing missing in Nokia phones...

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