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Android 10 starts rolling out to the Nokia 8.1

True to its promise of updating some of its devices to Android 10 before the end of 2019, HMD today begun the official roll out with the Nokia 8.1. Since this device was part of the Android 10 betas, it only makes sense that it's the first one to receive the stable update.

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HMD Global announces mid-range Nokia 6.2 and 7.2 with triple camera systems and HDR displays

HMD Global has just unveiled two new mid-range phones in the Nokia 6.2 and 7.2. CounterPoint rates HMD the number one OEM for the fast updates it delivers to Nokia phones and the company says it's committed to being even faster with Android 10. At today's event at IFA in Berlin, the renewal of the mid-tier Nokia lineup was the hot topic, with the same focus on delivering a premium Nokia experience at a fraction of flagship prices.

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Nokia phones stop aggressively killing background processes to manage battery life

Early this year, DontKillMyApp.com started shaming Android OEMs who were killing background processes left and right on their devices, regardless of how useful or not that strategy was. At the time, Nokia phones were the top offenders due to their "Evenwell" solution packages. Now, several months later, Nokia dropped to the third position after Huawei and Samsung, and it turns out that is due to a change of tactics and a reliance on Android Pie's Adaptive Battery instead.

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[Update: Now available] HMD announces its first post-paid device on Verizon, the $168 Nokia 3 V

A decade ago, when Nokia still made its own devices and dominated the smartphone market, one of the company's biggest weaknesses was its US presence. It struggled to enter the USA in any significant manner and that eventually helped in its downfall after Android and iOS took over the world by storm. Today, with ex-Nokians at the helm, HMD seems to have learned from that mistake and is trying hard not to repeat it. The Nokia licensee has inked deals with Verizon, Cricket, and Rogers, already launched the Nokia 2 V on Verizon, and is now following up with the Nokia 3 V.

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Nokia 8.1 Android Q Beta 5 adds corner swipe gesture for Google Assistant

Participating in the latest betas is always a fun, but not risk-free endeavor. You get to try out things before anyone else and observe how a software evolves before it's released to the public. Android Q's gestures, for example, have seen several iterations across beta versions and now the most recent gestures are making their way to the Nokia 8.1 with the latest Beta 5.

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The Nokia 2.2 budget phone is now available in the US for $139

Last month, Nokia unveiled the 2.2, a strong contender in the budget smartphone market, thanks to its removable battery, 5.7" display, and Google Assistant button. Unfortunately, the device was only announced for the European and Indian markets, with no expected availability in North America. However, the brand just introduced the phone to the US, where it's selling for $139 starting today.

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[Update: Not the Nokia 2] All HMD phones are now running Android 9 Pie, as the Nokia 1 gets its own update

HMD is keeping its word when it comes to Android updates. The company had committed to two years of software upgrades for its devices and has made sure that promise holds true, regardless of price and positioning. Today, the last hold-out in the line-up, the Nokia 1, is receiving its own slice of Pie, just in time before the end of Q2. And HMD can finally say that its entire portfolio of smartphones is running Android 9.

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Nokia 2.2 unveiled with 5.7" display and removable battery, starts at €99

HMD Global is now on its third iteration of its 2-series line with the Android One-equipped Nokia 2.2. At a starting price of just €99, it's obviously not going to win any spec wars, but it looks to be a solid entry into the budget phone competition with features like a 5.7" display, a Google Assistant button, and a removable battery.

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HMD publishes Nokia 9 PureView kernel source code

We've said it before, but Android OEMs are pretty hit or miss when it comes to releasing kernel source code, as mandated under the GPL license for using the Linux kernel. HMD is the definition of hit-or-miss, having just released the source code for the two-year-old Nokia 2 a few days ago. But here we have them releasing the source for the Nokia 9 PureView, a phone still considered new.

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Nokia's Bluetooth earbuds have launched in the US after all

HMD unveiled the Nokia 7.1 toward the end of last year, but the company also ventured into accessories with the Nokia Pro Wireless Earphones and True Wireless Earbuds. At the time, HMD said these devices would not launch in the US at all. Sad, but not unexpected. However, they've now popped up for sale at several retailers.

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