Late last month the Nokia 3.2 was blessed with an Android 11 update, and today it's time for the previous flagship 8.1 and the budget 2.3 to join the party. For the 8.1, the update was announced on the official Nokia user forum, rolling out to nine territories in Asia: Bangladesh, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Macau, Nepal, the Philippines, Singapore, and Vietnam.
HMD Global's Nokia phones come with some of the cleanest Android builds around, but that still doesn't make the company the fastest to update its devices. It looks like the same will be true for the Android 11 rollout, as the company posted and then deleted a roadmap on when we can expect the latest software to hit the Nokia lineup, with the last phones slated to get the update in Q2 2021.
Google's been working on a call recording feature for its Phone app for some time, and it looks like the wait is almost over. As previously anticipated, the feature has started rolling out in India, seemingly beginning with Nokia's Android One phones, according to an announcement from the company today.
Nokia released an Android 10 update roadmap, which now includes 20 phones, last year. The budget Nokia 2.3 was slated to get the update by the end of Q1 2020. The first quarter of the year has come and gone, but at least the rollout is happening now.
If you're looking for an affordable Android device that packs all the essentials, the Nokia 2.3 could have been a good option. Unfortunately, it wasn't officially available in the US until now, but HMD just announced the phone's upcoming release in North America.
HMD Global is keeping up the pace on releasing new Nokia-branded Android smartphones (and TVs!) with yearly refreshes on its varied series ranging from the premium side to the penny-pinchers. For the most part, the new Nokia 2.3 brings progress for its most basic line of offerings, but as we're headed to 2020, there's one big thing about this phone that doesn't scream "future-proof": the microUSB connector.