HMB Global took the center-stage last night to announce as many as five new devices including Nokia 1, New Nokia 6, Nokia 7 Plus and Nokia 8 Sirocco and KiOS enabled Nokia 8110 4G. Three out of the 5 phones – new Nokia 6, Nokia 7 Plus and Nokia 8 Sirocco – are part of Google’s Andriod One project.
Which implies that moving forward, Google will take care of software updates for these devices. This will result in timely software and security updates and two guaranteed operating system upgrade.
Later, HMD Global released a statement that all Nokia Android smartphones from Nokia 3 onwards will be joining the Android One program. This means Google will take control and roll out their future updates.
How much impact will this have on Nokia 6 (2017), Nokia 8, Nokia 5 and Nokia 3 users? Not much. They will still get the assurance of next version update (Android P) and security patches for at least another two years. Nokia is yet to announce exact details of when this transition process will start.
Commenting on this Nokia- Google partnership, Pekka Rantala, Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer of HMD Global said: “A smartphone is an everyday partner and something people need to know they can rely on. Last year we promised people that we would deliver on all the hallmarks of a true Nokia phone experience and that we would live up to the trust people have in the Nokia brand. This year, we are delighted to join the Android One programme that reinforces our commitment to pure, secure and up-to-date Android and makes us a natural choice. Today, with our expanded portfolio, we feel every consumer can pick a Nokia phone they can truly rely on.”