The Nokia 3 has finally started receiving an update to Android 8.0 Oreo, more than a year after it launched. HMD Global has promised to roll out OS updates to all its phones, but some are taking longer than others. Still, the company’s performance is much better than other Android OEMs, most of which don’t even bother to upgrade its handsets.
To recap, the Nokia 3 is an entry-level phone which was unveiled with Android 7.0 Nougat running inside back in January 2017. HMD Global issued a statement about the phone in December 2017, informing owners that it was planning on skipping Android 7.1.2 Nougat for the device and going straight to Oreo.
HMD Global later announced another development in late January 2018, telling users that the Android 8.0 beta program was about to arrive. It later fulfilled this promise in February. It’s been a couple of months since then, but the upgrade to Oreo is finally ready for a public release.
HMD Global’s Chief Product Officer Juho Sarvikas made the news official via his Twitter account. There’s no mention of any Nokia-specific changes, but there probably aren’t that many since the smartphone runs on a close-to-stock version of Android.
Meanwhile, anyone who owns a Nokia 7 Plus should be getting an update to Android 8.1 Oreo. The upgrade weighs in at 590MB and brings with it features like a revamped power menu, battery saving navigation buttons, a new settings menu, and Bluetooth battery percentage. The handset is part of the Android One program, so it runs on a completely stock version of Android.