One of the aspects in which HMD wants to differentiate itself from other Android manufacturers is the software support for the whole range of devices they introduce. At MWC2017 in February, HMD promised regular update for Nokia 3, 5 and 6, and, for now, they are keeping their promise.
Even their lowest end device, Nokia 3, runs the July security update on Android 7.0, and this month HMD is expected to push the 7.1.1 update to the MediaTek 6737 powered device. In June, TechRader reported that an HMD executive told them that all three announced Nokia smartphones (3, 5 and 6) will receive Android O, and that’s expected considering HMD promised 2 years of software support.
Today, HMD’s Chief Product Officer Juho Sarvikas confirmed via Twitter that HMD’s lowest end Nokia smartphone will receive the Android O (Android 8) update, once it’s ready of course. Considering the price tag of €139 that Nokia 3 carries, HMD’s making a remarkable move by offering software support for low end devices, in contrary to competitors which pretty much ignore that price segment in terms of updates.
Apart from Android O for Nokia 3, 5 and 6, we recently wrote something about Nokia 8 with Android 8. Nokia 8, namely, appeared in Geekbench’s database running Android 8, indicating that HMD is either testing Android 8 for Nokia 8 to update the phone later this year, or Nokia 8 could come with Android 8 out of the box.
All in all, it’s great HMD is taking care of all devices in the Nokia family, including the most affordable Nokia 3.