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The Nokia 4.2 updates to Android 10

The Nokia 4.2. (Source: Nokia)
The Nokia 4.2. (Source: Nokia)
Nokia has announced that its 2019 budget 4.2 handset can now be updated to Android 10, bringing improvements such as Digital Wellbeing and a dark mode to the phone. However, many users now face a long wait for this major software upgrade.

Juho Sarvikas, the Chief Product Officer at HMD Global's main smartphone brand Nokia, has announced an upgrade to Android 10 for the 4.2. This budget device was launched during MWC 2019 during February of that year; therefore, it could be argued that it is more than time for such an update.

Nokia has also notified 4.2 users of their impending OTA through its official community forum. However, it has not provided a changelog via this medium. Nevertheless, owners of this Snapdragon 439-powered device can expect features such as a system-wide dark mode, smart replies for messages and the March 2020 security patch level as a result of this download.

However, Nokia has also stated that the current roll-out of Android 10 for the 4.2 only applies to a list of "approved markets" that are included in a "first wave" for the upgrade. The full list of the countries in question can be found here, and include some notable exceptions such as Germany, Nigeria and all Latin American nations in which the phone is sold.

Furthermore, only 10% of all users in the "first wave" have been granted access to the update thus far. This, according to HMD, should increase to 50% of the same by April 12, 2020, followed by a complete 100% by April 14. This distribution method has resulted in some dissatisfaction and scant reports of successful updates on the 4.2 user-forum.


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Deirdre O Donnell, 2020-04- 9 (Update: 2020-04- 9)