HMD Global, the company that owns Nokia, has begun slow rolling the Android Oreo 8.1 update out to the Nokia 5 and Nokia 6. Starting in India and Indonesia, the update to 8.1 is expected to make its way to all global markets in the coming days.
For both devices, the update is just under 1GB in size and brings with it the March Android Security Update to both phones. If you don’t recall what all comes in Oreo 8.1, you can get a debrief here.
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Owners of the Nokia 5 and Nokia 6, today is a good day. Your Android Oreo update has been released and is on its way. The new came from HMD Global’s Chief Product Officer, Juho Sarvikas, on Twitter.
Both devices began beta testing their respective Oreo builds back in December and clearly the feedback from testers and the rate of development from Nokia was quick to have the official build out within a month.
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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.
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Nokia has been clear that all of their current line up of devices, the Nokia 3, 5, 6 and 8, would be receiving an update to Android Oreo. The question, as is always the case with manufactures, was when that would happen. Now we know and it is this year.
In an interview today, HMD Global’s General Manager for ANZ (Australia and New Zealand), Mark Trundle confirmed that the Nokia 3, 5 and 6 will get getting the Oreo update before the end of the year. As for the Nokia 8, the Android Oreo update is already in a limited rollout.
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Good news! HMD Global has confirmed that all of the Android running Nokia devices – the Nokia 3, Nokia 5, Nokia 6 and Nokia 8 – will be receiving the Android Oreo update.
The new came from Chief Product Officer Juho Sarvikas via Twitter over the weekend.
This announcement is great new for every Nokia owner, especially those who have the lower priced Nokia 3. Often, manufactures will not update their entry level devices to the next major version of Android in favor of focusing in on their midrange and flagship devices.
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Yes, you read that headline correctly. The Nokia 5, the mid-range phone from parent company HMD Global, has the September 2017 Android Security Update rolling out to it today. The update is just over 140MB in size and is primarily a security and patch update so don’t expect to see much in the way of new features.
For those that don’t recall, the Nokia 5 is a 5.2″ phone with a Snapdragon 430 SoC, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage (expandable to 256GB with the MicroSD slot), 13MP camera and a 3000mAh battery. The phone was released in July primarily in Europe. You can pick one up on Amazon for $319 but you will have limited LTE support here in the US.
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