HMD Global has announced that Nokia 8.1 will be getting the Android 10 update earlier than expected. The news was sent out to developers who were enrolled in the beta program called the Dev Preview. The users who are on Android Pie and the beta participants who are on Android 10 Beta 5 will be getting the stable Android 10 update via an OTA soon.
However, the beta participants who are still on Android 10 Beta 3 will have to either downgrade to the stable Android 9 version or update to the Android 10 Beta 3 version.
The official email sent to the Dev Preview participants reads: –
Hello, Nokia 8.1 developer previewer!
Thanks to your contribution towards stabilizing Android 10 for Nokia 8.1, we’ll soon be able to roll out the official Android 10 release to approved markets.
Please note that in order to receive the official Android 10 build, your Nokia 8.1 must currently be running one of the following
The official Android 9 Pie release. You can roll back your device to the latest official release from the Nokia phone Android developer preview site, at any time.
Android 10 Beta 5 build: V4.070 or V5.070. If you navigate to “About phone”, these will be referred to as 00WW_4_070 or 00WW_5_070 respectively.
Please note, if you are still running the Beta 3 build, you must update your device to Beta 5 as soon as possible. Devices running the Beta 3 build will not receive the official Android 10 release.
Till now, the Android 10 update is only released for the Nokia 8.1. Rest of the eligible Nokia Phones will be getting the Android 10 updates according to the roadmap prescribed by HMD Global which you can see in the image below.
According to the tweet by the Chief Product Officer of HMD Global, Juho Sarvikas, Android 10 will come to the Nokia 7.1, Nokia 8.1, as well as the Nokia 9 PureView in the fourth quarter of 2019. The Android 10 update will come to the Nokia 2.2, Nokia 3.1 Plus, Nokia 3.2, and the Nokia 4.2 smartphones in the first quarter of 2020. Finally, in the second quarter of 2020, the Nokia 1, Nokia 2.1, Nokia 3.1, as well as Nokia 5.1 smartphones will be getting the Android 10 update.
Nokia is coming up in the market of Android phones with regular updates regarding the new security patches as well as the new Android version updates. Nokia does not disregard their earlier phones and provides updates to the latest Android version for them too.