“The brand has also rolled out Android 8.1 update to the recently-launched Nokia 7 Plus”
At its pre-MWC event, HMD Global – the brand that holds the license to make and sell Nokia devices – announced that all smartphones in its lineup (Nokia 3 and above) will be a part of Google’s Android One program. Even before that, the brand has already been updating its last year’s smartphones to Android Oreo. Just in January, the Nokia 5 (review) and Nokia 6 (review) started receiving the Android 8.0 build. Now, after the beta testing, the company has started pushing the stable Android Oreo update for the budget Nokia 3 (unboxing) smartphone. In addition, the company has also rolled out the Android 8.1 update for the Nokia 7 Plus (first impressions), which was launched with Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box.
According to the Nokia 3’s Android 8.0 Oreo update changelog, the firmware brings a new Picture-in-Picture (PIP) mode and 60 new emojis. The update also comes with the Instant Apps declutter feature to allow the phone’s battery to last even longer by limiting background app usage.
As for the Nokia 7 Plus, the phone’s Android 8.1 Oreo update weighs around 590MB and comes with the security patch for the month of April. According to the changelog, the update brings new features like “battery saving navigation buttons”, a revamped power menu, a redesigned settings menu, and Bluetooth battery percentage
The latest firmware update for the Nokia 3 and 7 Plus is being rolled out over the air (OTA). As soon as the update hits your smartphone, you will get a notification to update to the latest software. You can also check the availability of the update manually by going to the Settings > About Phone > Software Update on your phone.
At MWC, HMD Global revealed that all of its latest smartphones will be updated to the next iteration of Android as well i.e. Android P. Going by the company’s track record, we can expect that the brand will keep up its promise along with releasing monthly security patches.