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Android 9 Pie begins rolling out to the Nokia 5.1

Android 9 Pie begins rolling out to the Nokia 5.1

Software updates are always a fun time for us geeks. We like diving deep into the changes, checking what's new, what's improved, and what's been taken away from us and is worth complaining about. If you have a Nokia 5.1, you can warm up your hands and get ready for a few days of tinkering, as Android 9 Pie is now beginning to roll out to the phone.

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The Nokia 9 PureView is a good phone ruined by serious problems

The Nokia 9 PureView is a good phone ruined by serious problems

The HMD-backed resurgence of Nokia in the smartphone market has been a real treat to watch. After years of watching Microsoft bungle its Nokia acquisition, the Nokia name is again emblazoned on excellent smartphone products. However, most Nokia phones have been toward the budget end of the spectrum. They've been good for the money, but the Nokia 9 PureView is a true flagship with high-end specs, a wild five-camera setup, and an in-display fingerprint sensor. All that, and it's a few hundred dollars less than competing phones.

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Nokia 3.1 gets updated to Android 9 Pie

Nokia 3.1 gets updated to Android 9 Pie

Keeping flagship devices on the latest and greatest software is a given, but updating the midrangers is a lot more complicated and this is where most companies falter. HMD has been good at that so far and now the affordable Nokia 3.1 (or Nokia 3, 2018 if you want) is getting Android 9 Pie... on Pi Day of all days!

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The Nokia 3.1 is now $120 ($40 off) from B&H Photo

The Nokia 3.1 is now $120 ($40 off) from B&H Photo

It's rare to see a good budget phone sold in the United States, especially under the $200 mark. Last year's Nokia 3.1 was a great value at $160, but now it's even cheaper, at just $119.99 from B&H Photo.

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Nokia 2 finally picks up Oreo, but your phone might be better off without it

Nokia 2 finally picks up Oreo, but your phone might be better off without it

Nokia's been talking about giving the 2017 Nokia 2 Android 8.1 Oreo since 2017, with the first beta landing all the way back in June of last year. Today it has been officially released, though there is a catch. You see, the Nokia 2 on Android Oreo suffers a few performance problems, even with a few Android Go optimizations pulled in for it. The Nokia 2 has a mere 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, and a Snapdragon 212 to power it. Together, that's not really enough oomph for Oreo, so Nokia's making this update optional.

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[Update: Sale is live, sort of] Nokia 9 PureView will drop to $600 ($100 off) on March 3

[Update: Sale is live, sort of] Nokia 9 PureView will drop to $600 ($100 off) on March 3

One of the more interesting new phones shown off at Mobile World Congress was the Nokia 9 PureView, a five-camera flagship intended to trade blows with the Pixel 3 and Galaxy S10. The entry price of $699 is a bit steep, considering it's using last year's Snapdragon 845 processor, but HMD Global is already planning the first sale.

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Nokia 1 Plus kernel source code already available, but you can't do anything with it

Nokia 1 Plus kernel source code already available, but you can't do anything with it

Just two days ago, HMD Global announced a slew of new budget phones — the Nokia 4.2, 3.2, and 1 Plus. HMD has already published the modified kernel source code for the Nokia 1 Plus, which in most cases would be exemplary, but there's nothing developers can make with it.

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Android 9 Pie is now available on the international Nokia 3.1 Plus

Android 9 Pie is now available on the international Nokia 3.1 Plus

HMD has been putting out some really great mid-range devices under the Nokia name. One such device is the Nokia 3.1 Plus. The international version launched last year starting at €159 — and as of today, it's got the latest version of Android in 9 Pie.

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The Nokia 7.1 gets its first US discount, down to $299 ($50 off) at multiple retailers

The Nokia 7.1 gets its first US discount, down to $299 ($50 off) at multiple retailers

With the 7.1, Nokia took a successful stab at designing an affordable middle range device that offers a good compromise between premium features and a fair price tag. When the phone came out in October, it was selling for $350 and shipped with Oreo, before receiving its Pie update a month later. Its price has now dropped $50, making it one of the most interesting devices in its category.

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Every LG and Nokia phone going forward will have a Google Assistant button

Every LG and Nokia phone going forward will have a Google Assistant button

Last year, LG teamed up with Google to bring a Bixby-style Assistant hardware button to some of its phones. Turns out that collaboration was just the start. Today, Google is announcing that this partnership is extending to "the full portfolio" of new devices from LG and Nokia, as well as select handsets by Xiaomi, Vivo, and TCL (read: Alcatel, Palm, and BlackBerry).

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