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Nokia outlines its Android 10 upgrade roadmap

Android 10, coming to a Nokia smartphone near you. (Image source: HMD Global)
Android 10, coming to a Nokia smartphone near you. (Image source: HMD Global)
HMD Global is one of the more reliable and faster OEMs at delivering OS upgrades to its Nokia handsets and it is looking to maintain that reputation with Android 10 too. The company has announced plans to upgrade a slew of Nokia handsets before Q2 2020, with some devices reaching Android 10 before the end of the year. 17 devices should receive Android 10 before Q2 2020, although there are some notable absentees.

Google only formally announced Android 10 yesterday, with the decision to drop its dessert-based naming scheme causing plenty of discussions online. While some OEMs are still toiling with bringing Android 9.0 Pie to their former flagships, HMD Global has already outlined its Android 10 release roadmap for Nokia handsets over the next three quarters.

The company will start releasing Android 10 from Q4 2019, with 17 devices receiving the OS upgrade before the end of Q2 2020. The devices to receive Android 10 and when are as follows, although HMD Global notes that "exact roll-out dates may vary by region":

Q4 2019 Q1 2020 - Early Q1 2020 - Mid Q1 2020 - Late Q2 2020
Nokia 7.1
Nokia 8.1
Nokia 9 PureView
Nokia 6.1
Nokia 6.1 Plus
Nokia 7 Plus
Nokia 2.2
Nokia 3.1 Plus
Nokia 3.2
Nokia 4.2
Nokia 1 Plus
Nokia 5.1 Plus
Nokia 8 Sirocco
Nokia 2.1
Nokia 3.1
Nokia 5.1
Nokia 1

Unfortunately, many 2017 devices are missing from the list with the Nokia 2, Nokia 3, Nokia 5, Nokia 6, Nokia 7 and Nokia 8 all missing the cut. Neither the Nokia 3.1 A nor Nokia 3.1 C is part of the initial roadmap either, despite only being released a few months ago.

We are not sure at this stage whether HMD Global will extend its Android 10 upgrade program beyond Q2 2020, but at this stage, it appears that the above devices will be stuck on Android 9.0 Pie. The lack of Android 10 for the Nokia 8 has irked many people though, with there being a stream of frustrated comments on Twitter.

(Image source: Twitter via GSMArena)


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Alex Alderson, 2019-08-23 (Update: 2019-08-23)