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The Nokia X10 upgrades to Android 12

The X10. (Source: Nokia)
The X10. (Source: Nokia)
Nokia launched the X10 approximately 8 months ago with promises of prolonged and comprehensive software support. Now, the HMD Global brand has upheld this pledge with an upgrade to the latest version of Android for the mid-range smartphone. The update includes improved privacy controls and more.

Nokia launched the X10 and X20 in April 2021, with a guarantee of 3 years' worth of software support, complete with major Android version and security patch upgrades along the way. Now, this commitment seems to be bearing out as the former is now moving away from the build of Android 11 it has had out of the box to new firmware.

The phone, currently priced at ~US$330 on Amazon, has now indeed joined the X20 in updating to Android 12. This software (known as the V2.230 firmware for the X10) also adds a new Privacy Dashboard, allowing the user to keep better track of the apps using their mics, cameras, location data and more at one glance.

Android 12 for the Nokia X10 also confers a new Conversation Widget on the phone. It can display message threads with friends and family when placed on a homescreen. The update also includes numerous accessibility upgrades and a slightly underwhelming November 2021 security patch.

Nokia has announced that this upgrade will be rolled out to a first wave of users in a long list of individual countries (available on its website) whereas those in the X10's remaining market will need to wait for a second at present.

Nokia's new X10 update screen. (Source: Nokia via Reddit)
Nokia's new X10 update screen. (Source: Nokia via Reddit)


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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-12-26 (Update: 2021-12-26)