HMD Global Oy, official licensee of Nokia brand has confirmed to release Android O update to its budget smartphones—Nokia 6, 5 and 3 series.
"The smartphones (Nokia 6, 5, 3 series) will get the Android O update once the new release is available from Google for their OEM partners, the same way HMD Global is committed to the monthly Android security updates," HMD Global Oy spokesperson told TechRadar.
The move to offer latest updates to budgets phone is a welcome gesture from the Finnish company. HMD Global has a huge responsibility to bring the former mobile pioneer Nokia back to the limelight and maintain the loyalty. With the announcement, it will not only win company patrons' hearts but also attract new consumers to the Nokia club. This will send a strong message to rivals who focus on high-end phones.
When can Nokia 6, 5 & 3 series owners expect Android O update?
For those unaware, Google has already completed the work on Android O and released the developer preview v1.0 to registered software programmers to look for unseen bugs and optimise the software further to improve performance and develop compatible apps.
As per Google, Android O is most likely to get rolled out first to Google Pixel series and Android One series in August and later to other third party mobile brands.
Having said that, Nokia owners need not have to wait long, as the devices run on pure Android and there is no need for the HMD Global to conduct multiple tests.
The new OS update will most likely be released in a month, August end or early September, after they are made available to Google phones.
Android O update: What to expect
Google's new Android O will offer more fluid experiences to phones and tablets as well as improvements to battery life and security.
It also comes with improved picture-in-picture, which allows users to do two tasks simultaneously, like checking the calendar while planning a party on a Duo video call. Meanwhile, Smart Text Selection improves copy and paste. With the help of machine learning to recognise entities on the screen—like a complete address—users will be able to easily select text they want with a double tap, and even bring up an app like Maps to help during navigation.
With Android O, phone's booting will be much faster, the apps will load quicker, and phone's battery will last long.
Watch this space for latest update on Nokia products.