HMD Global was certainly not kidding when it promised consistent software support for the new Nokia-branded Android smartphones. The Nokia 6, which debuted with Android 7.0 Nougat earlier this year, is now getting updated to Android 7.1.1 Nougat. That’s the latest available version of Nougat for non-Nexus devices.
The OTA update for the Nokia 6 weighs in at 370MB in size, which is to be expected from a relatively major update. In addition to bumping up the Android version to 7.1.1, the update includes the latest April security patch update as well. Other major changes according to the change-log include enhanced power saving and background management, 4G/3G dual SIM dual standby support, updated Nokia USB driver, updated versions of preloaded apps, and other enhancements.
HMD Global seems to be setting a new benchmark for OEMs here. Most flagship Android smartphones are still running on Android 7.0 and do not have the latest April security patch update yet. HMD, despite being a relatively new player in the smartphone market, is updating a mid-range smartphone to Android 7.1.1 Nougat with the latest available security patch from Google. The other upcoming Nokia handsets, the Nokia 3 and Nokia 5, are expected to ship with Android 7.1.1 Nougat right out of the box. We can only hope that the company continues to actively support its entire lineup, including the entry-level models.