“The Nokia 3 will be among the most affordable Android smartphones to receive the Oreo update”
Earlier in June, HMD Global announced that the Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 smartphones would be getting the Android Oreo update. Now soon after launching the Nokia 8, the company has confirmed the same update for the Nokia 8 (first impressions) as well. The brand’s chief product officer Juho Sarvikas has confirmed the news in a tweet.
All of our smartphones will upgrade to Oreo, Nokia 3 included. No comments yet on timing so that I don’t get into trouble ?.— Juho Sarvikas (@sarvikas) September 2, 2017
It appears that Nokia is following in the footsteps of Motorola, a brand that’s known to deliver the latest Android builds to even its entry-level handsets. It will be a welcomed move by die-hard Nokia fans. Google recently revealed Android Oreo as the name of the new Android 8.0 version, and started rolling out the factory images to compatible Nexus and Pixel smartphones.
Sarvikas said that all new Nokia smartphones, including the entry-level Nokia 3 (first impressions) will be getting the Android Oreo update. However, he declined to share the timing of the updates. All three phones were launched with Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. After the Nokia 5 (first impressions) and Nokia 6 (review), the Nokia 3 recently started receiving the Android 7.1.1 Nougat update. So it’s quite possible that the Nokia 3 will be the last device to get the Oreo update when it rolls out.
For the uninitiated, Android Oreo brings a handful of new features like picture-in-picture, autofill, Google Play Protect, notification dots, Instant Apps, and of course, a bunch of new emoji. The new OS also offers a more consistent performance and improved battery life thanks to Google clamping down on background activity. Android Oreo limits which resources idle apps can utilise in the background, which results in reduced power consumption.
The picture-in-picture mode is one of the best features of the new OS, which allows you to minimise a video and browse elsewhere or open another app with the video overlaid. You can check out the detailed features of Android Oreo in our earlier post.