HMD Global has once again confirmed that it will be upgrading all the Nokia-branded smartphones announced so far to Android 8.0 Oreo. The confirmation, or should we say re-confirmation, came in the form of a tweet posted by Juho Sarvikas, Chief Product Officer at HMD Global. HMD Global launched the Nokia 6 back in January this year, followed by the more affordable Nokia 3 and Nokia 5 smartphones. More recently, the company unveiled the first Nokia-branded flagship in a long time, the Nokia 8. All Nokia-branded smartphones launched by HMD currently run on the Android 7.1.1 Nougat operating system and receive monthly security patch updates on a regular basis.
Unfortunately, the executive did not reveal any specific time frame for the update rollout. However, going by what Google mentioned during the Android O launch event, we expect the Oreo update to begin rolling out for the Nokia-branded smartphones before the end of the year. Not everyone can expect to receive the update before the end of the year however, as manufacturers roll out major updates in phases.
For a major upgrade such as Android Oreo, it might take four to six weeks for the update to be rolled out in all regions. Since the Nokia 8 is the flagship of the current HMD lineup, we expect it to receive the Oreo update before the other Nokia-branded smartphones launched by HMD Global so far. Seeing how HMD Global has been getting the latest monthly security patch updates to its devices before other Android OEMs, we will not be surprised if HMD Global finishes the Oreo update rollout for all its smartphones before other companies.
Android Oreo includes several new features such as picture-in-picture support, new emojis, Google Play Protect, background limits for improved battery life, autofill, improved performance, notification dots, and more.
Are you excited for the Android 8.0 Oreo update?