HMD Global: Android P for all Nokia Phones Next Year

In a recent report, HMD Global will update all their Nokia Android phones to Android P, the next major release of the Operating System. HMD Global revealed that all of its current Nokia-branded devices will be upgraded to Android P, the yet-to-be-announced next major Android update. The news arrives from the Nokia 8 launch event in the Philippines.

So that means even the least expensive handset in the series, the Nokia 3, will get the update of Android P along with the all other existing Nokia phones like, Nokia 8, Nokia 6, Nokia 5. This essentially means that all Nokia-branded smartphones will get the latest version of Android for two years as it has been said from the beginning of this year.

Android 8.0 Oreo and Android P for Nokia Phones

It’s a very interesting announcement, mainly because Google hasn’t even announced Android P. In fact, Google only recently released the final version of Android O (now known as Android 8.0 Oreo), so Android P still seems a long way off. The promise of an Android 8.0 Oreo update by the end of 2017 is a best New Year gift.

As for the Oreo update, HMD is internally testing a beta build for the Nokia 8, with a stable build likely to roll out to the device by the end of October. The other phones are set to pick up the update before the end of the year, and it looks like HMD is also open to unlocking the bootloader of its devices.

What’s likely is that Google will follow tradition and announce Android P at its annual Google I/O developer conference, which will probably take place in the second quarter of next year. The Finnish company, which has the rights to manufacture and distribute Nokia-branded smartphones, is trying hard to make a mark in the crowded phone market. The company’s current smartphones, be it the Nokia 8 or Nokia 6, runs a pure version of Android. Even its budget smartphones, including the Nokia 5 and Nokia 3 also offer pure Android experience.

  • Alpo Yksikivi

    Google as well as the giant phone mfgrs surely are irritated by this kind of announcement and will do what ever needed so that the P is not compatible for these Nokias.