January 24, 2019: As promised, HMD has started rolling out Android 9 Pie to the original Nokia 5 alongside this month’s Android security patch. This is the second and last major Android OS upgrade for the device, but it shouldn’t be the end of the story as far as monthly security updates are concerned.
January 23, 2019: HMD has already updated 7 Nokia phones to the latest Android 9 Pie, which is about half of the devices the company is expected to update to Pie. Fortunately, Nokia is keeping the promise of rolling out timely updates and has just released an official roadmap for the remaining devices.
As it is, at least 6 Nokia phones will get an update to Pie this Q1 2019. These are the Nokia 5 and Nokia 3.1 Plus beginning this week and later followed by the Nokia 6, Nokia 5.1, Nokia 3.1, Nokia, 2.1, Nokia 3 and Nokia 1, in that order. The latter two will get the Pie update in early Q2 2019.
There is still no word of when the Nokia 2 will get past the current Android Oreo beta phase but wed like to believe the promise of at least two major OS upgrades is still alive, no matter how long it may take.
Original article below:
One reason people love Google phones is their timely access to software updates, but HMD Global is proving to be a worthy alternative, especially now that it has a bunch of Nokia phones in just about every category. Thanks to Android One, Nokia phones carry the promise of timely software updates, something that HMD is indeed doing everything to live up to.
The Nokia 7 Plus had access to Android Pie beta since May 2018, making it only one of two Snapdragon 660 phones that had early access to the software (the other is Vivo X21). But it’s not the only handset that will receive the Nokia Android 9 Pie update. When will yours get the update? Let’s find out.
- Android 9 Pie release roadmap
- Android 9 Pie Gapps
- Android Pie features: Feature flags | Digital Wellbeing | App actions
At the moment, all Nokia phones but the Nokia 1, Nokia 2 and Nokia 2.1 are based on Android One. As a result, the entire list of devices will be upgraded to Android Pie, with some getting the OS as their second and final upgrade. This is what Android One gives you, something that HMD is perfecting further by including devices as low-end as the Nokia 1, Nokia 2, Nokia 3 and Nokia 5.
The Nokia 1, Nokia 2 and Nokia 2.1 have Android Go on board, which is a lighter version of the OS. They too have an update of their own lined up – Android 9 Pie Go edition, but the rest of the Nokia phones, including the first-generation handsets from 2017 will be upgraded to the full-blown Android Pie update.
|Device||Android Pie eligibility||Expected release date|
|Nokia 1||Eligible||Early Q2 2019|
|Nokia 2.1||Eligible||Q1 2019|
|Nokia 3||Eligible||Early Q2 2019|
|Nokia 3.1||Eligible||Q1 2019|
|Nokia 3.1 Plus||Eligible||January 2019|
|Nokia 5||Eligible||Released on 24 January 2019|
|Nokia 5.1||Eligible||Q1 2019|
|Nokia 5.1 Plus||Eligible||Released on 27 December 2018|
|Nokia 6||Eligible||February 2019|
|Nokia 6.1||Eligible||Released on 30 October 2018|
|Nokia 6.1 Plus||Eligible||Released on 31 October 2018|
|Nokia 7||Eligible||Q1 2019|
|Nokia 7 Plus||Eligible||Released on 28 September 2018|
|Nokia 7.1||Eligible||Released on 27 November 2018|
|Nokia 8||Eligible||Released on 19 December 2018|
|Nokia 8 Sirocco||Eligible||Released on 09 January 2019|
Expected release date
- 7 Nokia phones have received Android 9 Pie update
- 6 more expected to get Pie in Q1 2019
- Nokia 3 and Nokia 1 to get Pie in early Q2 2019, no word on Nokia 2
HMD has now released Android 9 Pie update to seven (7) devices in the Nokia 7 Plus, Nokia 6.1, Nokia 6.1 Plus, Nokia 7.1, Nokia 8, Nokia 5.1 Plus, and more recently, the Nokia 8 Sirocco. Next in line is the Nokia 5, Nokia 3.1 Plus and Nokia 6 with the likes of Nokia 5.1, Nokia 3.1, Nokia 2.1, and Nokia 1 to follow in Q1 and Q2 2019.
HMD has remained mum on the status of the Nokia 2 Pie update, which is still testing Android Oreo in January 2019.
What to expect
Several companies have in recent times taken the Android One initiative seriously, but none is doing so like HMD Global. The company went full-on with the program by announcing that all of its devices, beginning in 2018, will have Android One software.
This is, in fact, what has remained of stock Android following the introduction of the Pixel Launcher, where Android One has no tweaks and only comes with Google apps and services. When Nokia Android 9 Pie update rolls out, expect to get clean software that has no customizations on top of the way Google wants the software to work.
Some of the features included in the update are app actions, app slices, gestures for navigation, digital wellbeing, smart replies, better notification management, and so on. You can check out all the new Android Pie features here. You can also take a quick peek at what the future holds in Android Q.
Unofficial Android Pie update
One would be asking why the need for an unofficial Android Pie update for Nokia devices when all of them will receive the official version anyway? Well, not everyone is a fan of stock Android and may be looking to effect some tweaks to the Android One or maybe they simply want a change.
Installing custom ROMs on any device requires an unlocked bootloader, unfortunately, Nokia has been quite stubborn on this aspect as it doesn’t support unlocking the bootloader. Still, some savvy users have been able to unlock bootloaders of several Nokia phones and went ahead to install custom ROMs. This won’t be changing anytime soon, which means there will be a handful of Android 9 GSI for certain Nokia phones, but we can’t just tell which ones. Of course, we’ll update this post with such details when we come across them.