Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 Updates to Oreo 8.1 Starting to Roll Out

Nokia 6

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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Nokia 6 Coming to The United States in May

Nokia 6 (2018)

When the new lineup of Nokia phones were announced this week at Mobile World Congress, one of the key questions was which one of the devices would make it to the United States.  Initially, the answer was none of them.  HMD Global, the parent company of Nokia, indicated that while the US market was on their roadmap, it wasn’t in the plans for this year.

That now has seemed to change slightly.  CNet, who originally published an article stating no phones were coming to the US, has updated their post after clarifying it with Nokia.  Now it appears that at least the revamped Nokia 6 will be coming to the country in May.

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Amazon Drops Lock Screen Ads on Prime Phones and Increases The Price $20

Amazon Prime Phones

In a move that caught many by surprise, Amazon has announced that they will be eliminating the lock screen ads on all of the current Prime phones and future phones will not have them.  On the current phones, there will be a firmware update that will eliminate the ads which should be released this week.

The move means that the company will be in compliance with Google’s new rules for Android that bans lock screen ads.  This is likely the reason for the dropping of the ads.  Amazon has reported that they plan to increase the price of the phones by $20 across the board which will likely go into effect after the patch to remove the ads has been released.

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Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 Updates to Android Oreo Now Rolling Out

Nokia 6

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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Nokia Announces the 2nd Generation Nokia 6

Nokia 6 (2018)

Nokia has announced that the second generation of the Nokia 6 is now available for pre-orders in China.  The mid-range phone has been rumored for several weeks with various leaks suggesting that an update to the phone would be coming in short order.  Those rumors were confirmed today with the announcement and the device’s product & ordering page going live.

Being dubbed the Nokia 6 (2018), this updated device has a 5.5″ Full HD display with 2.5D curved glass with Gorilla Glass 3.  It is powered by the Snapdragon 630 SoC, clocked at 2.2GHz, and coupled with the Adreno 508 GPU.  It has 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM and will come with either 32GB or 64GB of storage.  You can expand that with the MicroSD card slot (also the SIM 2 slot) on the phone.

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Today’s Deal – Nokia 6 with Amazon Prime Ads for $149

Nokia 6

Today’s Deal is on the new Nokia 6 from HMD Global.  The 5.5″ Full HD phone with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable memory is on sale for $149 over at Amazon.  This is fully unlocked and works on GSM carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile and has the Amazon Prime adverts on the lock screen.  It is also in the popular Copper color. If you don’t want those ads on the lock screen, the non-Prime version is $229.

It is powered by the Snapdragon 430 octa-core processor clocked at 1.4GHz.  It has 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage on board.  That storage can be expanded up to an additional 128GB thanks to the MicroSD slot.  It has a 5.5″ 2.5D Full HD display coupled with Dolby Atmos sound with 7.2W of output.  It has a a 16MP rear facing camera and 8MP selfie camera with the rear camera having a dual-tone flash for warmer flash photos.

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Today’s Deal – Nokia 6 with Prime Ads is $149 on Amazon

Nokia 6

Today’s Deal is on the new Nokia 6 from HMD Global.  The 5.5″ Full HD phone with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable memory is on sale for $149 over at Amazon.  This is fully unlocked and works on GSM carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile and has the Amazon Prime adverts on the lock screen.  It is also in the popular Copper color. If you don’t want those ads on the lock screen, the non-Prime version is $229.

It is powered by the Snapdragon 430 octa-core processor clocked at 1.4GHz.  It has 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage on board.  That storage can be expanded up to an additional 128GB thanks to the MicroSD slot.  It has a 5.5″ 2.5D Full HD display coupled with Dolby Atmos sound with 7.2W of output.  It has a a 16MP rear facing camera and 8MP selfie camera with the rear camera having a dual-tone flash for warmer flash photos.

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HMD Global Confirms that Android P will Come to All Nokia Phones

Nokia 5

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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