HMD Global, the company that controls the Nokia brand on phones, has announced that it is moving to Android 10. The first model to receive the update is Nokia 8.1.
HMD Global has promised that Nokia phones will receive at least two Android updates. To do this, it intervenes as little as possible over the operating system developed by Google. Thus, with no interfaces like Samsung or Huawei, the launch is faster.
Nokia 8.1 users who will upgrade to Android will benefit from some significant new features:
- Gesture Navigation: Basically, Google’s attempt to remove buttons has materialized in a system similar to iOS
- Smart Reply: even smarter responses in messages, not just formulations, but also actions for users
- Privacy Controls: more control over personal data in one place and access to location information by applications – constant access, during use or blocked access
- Focus mode: blocking applications that distract you. The name is quite clear
- Family Link: Part of Digital Wellbeing settings, helps parents set basic digital rules for the whole family
Nokia has Android 10 ready before Google launches its first phone with the new system
On October 15, Google will unveil the Pixel 4 series. Two phones are expected, both with Android 10. However, Huawei at IFA 2019 – relaunched P30 Pro – and OnePlus with 7T and 7T Pro already have devices with the new operating system. As for the update, Samsung has already started the beta program for One UI based on Android 10, and Huawei has started updating the Mate 20 Pro .
About the update so far, Juho Sarvikas, Chief Product Officer, HMD Global, said it’s all the more important as it is for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 platform. It’s not a premium, in short. Sarvikas said he wants HMD Global to be the first company to launch the update on other key processors as well. He recalled that he did this on Nokia phones because of the beta labs.
The promise now is that, in the first half of 2020, the entire Nokia portfolio will have Android 10.