When HMD Global bought the rights to using Nokia’s brand name on their phones, we all thought it was just another marketing stunt to sell underwhelming phones under a legendary brand. The company then released phones at every end of the smartphone spectrum. From entry level Android Go phones to the upper midrangers like The Nokia 8.1. And we have to say, these are anything but underwhelming. They justify their price tags better than most other smartphones and they all excel at one thing in particular. HMD has been remarkably well in updating its devices to the newest Android version. The next device to receive the Android 9.0 Pie treatment is the entry-level Nokia 2.1
The news comes as no surprise to us. HMD global has placed the software at the helm of its smartphone strategy. It has been devices under Android Go and the Android One initiative to make sure they get the updates as fast possible. Nokia 2.1 is an Android Go phone. Even with entry level specs like a Snapdragon 425 and 1GB of RAM. The update comes as promised by HMD to keep its devices relevant for as long as possible.
— Juho Sarvikas (@sarvikas) February 21, 2019
This type of commitment to providing software updates for even a 2 year old entry level phone is quite rare in the Android camp. Aside from Google no one else does this to be honest. Not even Samsung! And this is our biggest complaint with it. At the time of writing my Galaxy S8, which was released two years ago and was the company’s flagship, is still on Android 8.0 Oreo. Samsung and almost every other company needs to address this issue. What good is an outdated software on a phone which is still powerful enough to handle just about anything.
So if you own a Nokia 2.1 and are waiting for Android 9.0 Pie, keep an eye on that notification bar. Have you received the update already? Tell us about your experience with it in the comments down below!