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Which Nokia phones will get Android 12 update, and what happened to Nokia 9 PureView?

Which Nokia phones will get Android 12 update?
Which Nokia phones will get Android 12 update?

HMD Global, manufacturers of Nokia phones, promises 2 years of major Android updates and 3 years of security updates for all of its phones. This is a blanket cover from premium devices all the way down to entry-level models.

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Till date, there is no other Android phone brand that offers this value offering. You won’t find any manufacturer that delivers major Android updates to entry-level models.

Android 12 has been available for a few months now, and naturally, you want to know if your precious Nokia phone is eligible to get it. We have compiled the list of which eligible Nokia phones will get Android 12.

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These Nokia phones are eligible for Android 12 updates

All the Nokia phones listed below were released with Android 10 or 11, and so are eligible to be updated to Android 12.

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  • Nokia 5.3 
  • Nokia 8.3
  • Nokia 1.3 
  • Nokia 2.4 
  • Nokia 3.4 
  • Nokia 8.3 5G 
  • Nokia C1 Plus
  • Nokia 5.4
  • Nokia 1.4
  • Nokia C10
  • Nokia C20
  • Nokia G10
  • Nokia G20 
  • Nokia G50 
  • Nokia X10 
  • Nokia X20 
  • Nokia C01 Plus
  • Nokia C20 Plus
  • Nokia C1 2nd Edition
  • Nokia C30
  • Nokia XR20 
  • Nokia T20 
  • Nokia G300
  • Nokia X100

What of Nokia 9 PureView?

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If you are wondering why Nokia 9 PureView is not on the above list, that is because it is not eligible for Android 13. It was released with Android 9 Pie, and so its update cycle ends at 11.

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However, there is bad news about that too. Nokia has announced that this outstanding camera phone of theirs is not going to be updated to Android 11. Here is an excerpt from the official statement:

Nokia phones are about offering the best possible smartphone experience, day in and day out. It’s something we take pride in. That is why we had to make the tough choice not to offer the Android 11 software upgrade for Nokia 9 PureView. Incompatibilities between the camera and the software would have led to a compromised experience that does not meet our high standards.

Your current Nokia 9 PureView won’t change and you will continue to receive security updates. But, for those of you looking to make the jump to Android 11, we’re offering a 50% discount on Nokia XR20, or another device depending on regional availability.

We just need your email address and the IMEI number of your Nokia 9 PureView device. You can enter these in the form below. If you need help finding your IMEI number, you can find step-by-step instructions in our FAQs page.

It is unpleasant news, to be honest. Everyone who purchased the 9 PureView, confident of updates, must be sorely disappointed. I didn’t buy it, and I am disappointed. Guaranteed software updates is Nokia’s key selling point, and this won’t be helping.

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Also, HMD Global might need to forget about wild camera customisations, which is what the penta-camera of the Nokia 9 PureView is all about. These outside the box customisations are expensive, take too much time, and make updates difficult. And, as seen in the case of the 9 PureView, it didn’t swing sales in their favour.

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The 50% discount on the XR20 is a good move. The problem is that the XR20 isn’t in the same league as the 9 PureView. Not by a long shot. No current Nokia phone is. HMD Global needs to make up their mind about whether they want to do away with premium flagship devices or not. Nokia fans waited for years for the Nokia 9 PureView, and since its arrival in 2019, it has been another long wait.

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Perhaps the premium segment is not viable for Nokia now, which is okay. They can let it go and focus on the market segments that are making them money.

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Back to updates, you now know which Nokia phones will get Android 12 update (barring any other announcements about incompatibility). If you purchased any Nokia phone released in the last one and half years or so, you are covered.

All you have to do now is sit back and wait. Nokia’s Android updates are guaranteed but do not come quite speedily.

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