HMD Global, the company that owns the rights to the Nokia name, has confirmed that all of their current devices will be getting updated to Android P when it is available in 2018. It is a bold statement given that the company is just now starting to roll out Android Oreo to the Nokia 8, their flagship.
The announcement came during the Nokia 8 launch event held in the Philippines yesterday and it was made clear it would be not just for the 8, but for the Nokia 3, 5 and 6 too.
To be fair, HMD has done a great job with their Nokia phones in getting updates out in a timely manner. All of the Nokia phones are expected to get their Android Oreo update before the end of the year, which will make it one of the first to get updates out to existing phones. They are also very good at getting security updates out to their devices.
To announce Android P however is a bold step. First, Google hasn’t confirmed that there will be an P version of the platform. Yes, I know and you know and we all know there will be but Google hasn’t confirmed it. Second, it is risky because there could be massive, underlying API or kernel layer changes in P that would make it unworkable on devices. Again, doubt that will happen but it is possible.
Either way, kudos to HMD Global for making the commitment and putting other manufactures on notice.