Nokia is revising its Android 10 update schedule

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What you need to know

  • HMD Global has released a revised schedule for updating its phones to Android 10.
  • Updates for the Nokia 3.2, Nokia 4.2, Nokia 3.1 Plus, Nokia 5.1, Nokia 1 Plus, and the Nokia 8 Sirocco have all been delayed to sometime in Q2 2020.
  • The schedule also clarifies the timeline for the Nokia 2.3, Nokia 7.2, and Nokia 6.2, which weren't available at the time of the first schedule.

One of the biggest draws of HMD's phones is the software support. With nearly every phone in the company's lineup in the Android One program, the company promises two years of software support for all of them. Heck, it even decided to extend support for some of its earliest phones to one more year beyond what it initially promised.

And while it's making good on those promises, and even updating some of its lowest-cost phones to Android 10, it's doing so at a much slower pace than it previously promised. The new schedule, posted by the company's Chief Product Officer, Juho Sarvikas, is now as follows:

Nokia Android 10 Schedule

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It shows off the phones the company has already updated, most of these being its latest and highest-end models. Unfortunately, however, Q1 2020 is going to see only one model, the Nokia 2.2, updated. All of the other phones that the company had previously promised to update during this period have now been delayed to either sometime between Q1 and Q2 or to Q2 2020 itself. Sarvikas lays some of the blame on COVID-19, much like Xiaomi did for its own stumbles with Android updates.

For comparison, here's the previous update schedule that the company released in August 2019 below:

Nokia Android 10 Schedule Old

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The new schedule also clarifies HMD's plans for the Nokia 7.2, Nokia 6.2, and Nokia 2.3, which had not yet been released when the first roadmap was made available. All three phones are expected to be updated in the aforementioned buffer period between Q1 and Q2 2020.

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Muhammad Jarir Kanji
  • Well, while this isn't positive news, but I'll say, better late than never. I was lucky enough to get Android 10 some months ago according to the original OS update schedule. But even so Android 9 Pie, is more than viable for now as an OS. It's not like the phones running Android 9 Pie, Nokia ones included, will stop working. Nokia is still releasing the security patch updates, your apps are still getting updated. And in terms overall features and functionality you are not missing much with Android 10, with perhaps the exception of the system wide dark mode and the full gestures setting. At least they revised the schedule and made it clear that they're stil releasing the OS updates, albeit later than originally planned. Let me put it this way, I've been on the unfortunate end of many nebulous and unclear promises from other companies about security patch updates and OS updates that never, ever materialized, even though that had been promised and even promoted for the devices I purchased... consumers could do a helluva worse than Nokia...
  • I understand that the Coronavirus is the reason why they're delaying the Android 10 update for their other phones but this just makes me more determined to go back to iPhone, because Apple always brings updates when promised because I think HMD Global has been a disaster with the Nokia Brand because they release mediocre phones with crappy cameras and Android One has been a fail also with the likes of Xiaomi and Motorola affectively abandoning the platform which will lead Google to canceling the Android One platform which is probably for the best as OnePlus simply destroys Android One and Pixel phones in software.
  • That is your experience. Mine has been quite different. The Nokia device I got has done right be me and then some. Compared to what I had before, the difference has been has like night and day. Didn't experience any delays or crappy devices up to now and the Android One programme had been very good in terms of user experience and functionality. I got my Android 10 update months ago and the security patch updates continue on schedule. For me the iPhones, even their "affordable" model, are waaaaay to expensive. They offer me nothing in terms of features and specs that the Nokia phones already do at a fraction of the price. Not that Nokia is perfect, but their device portfolio and price range is very important and attractive to me as a customer. I'm not interested or in the market for high end devices. Entry level to mid-range ones are it for me. But good luck to you man! If HMD Global and Nokia have been soo terrible to you as a customer, that sucks. To each his own. If Apple and the iPhone are what you need, then have at it...
  • And contact search isn't "broken" if you're still on pie.
  • Im using the Nokia 6.1. according to the new schedule i should be on Android 10 by now. Yet im still on Android 9 checking for updates every day. When I got the Android 9 update in December the previous year (I think it was December) that was great for timing, however it also put me in a state where I was expecting around the same time for the next one, started getting a little frustrated in February. But still, a new schedule is a new schedule