All Nokia smartphones produced by HMD Global will receive an update to Android 8.0 Oreo. This is according to an announcement by HMD’s Chief Product Officer Juho Sarvikas. Mr. Sarvikas said that the company is planning on bringing Android Oreo to all HMD Nokia devices, including the entry-level Nokia 3.
Nokia had previously commented on the matter, stating that the new product portfolio will receive timely software upgrades in terms of major OS revisions and Google’ security updates. Furthermore, the company was specifically listed as one of the 11 original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) that partnered with Google to bring Android 8.0 Oreo to their existing devices.
Mr. Sarvikas stated that no specific release windows have been determined for the Android Oreo update on HMD Nokia devices. The upcoming Nokia 8 flagship is likely to be the first to receive the Android Oreo treatment, though is it expected that the Nokia 6 should follow suit.
Also, the Nokia 5 and Nokia 3 have been confirmed as other devices to receive the update. The Nokia 2, a rumored entry-level device from the company, is also expected to run Android 8.0 Oreo. However, this last bit has not been confirmed.
As of now, all Nokia devices produced by HMD Global run a near-stock version of Android 7.0 Nougat. However, the company revealed a custom interface, which was ultimately canned because it was unable to add more objective value to Google’s vanilla OS. But the current state of affairs should allow the company optimize new software updates for its devices. This would also give the company the ability to push out new software packages for its smartphones in time, compared to its competitors.
Right now, HMD Nokia phones are competing across all price segments. The company may also introduce at least one more product before the end of the year. However, this has not been confirmed.