Slowly but surely, HMD Global has been rolling out Android 10 to its portfolio of Nokia-branded smartphones. The Nokia 3.2, 4.2, 8 Sirocco, and 2.3 have all received updates this month, and the next phone to get Android 10 is the Nokia 6.2.
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.
In a fragile time when the world is under a pandemic and the least common denominator in corporate marketing campaigns is "we're all in this together," there are still ways where companies can compete and advertise their efforts. HMD Global, for example, has made a goodwill gesture towards its customers by extending the warranties for some Nokia phones.
If you're looking for a phone to tide you over this rough patch the world's going through right now and don't mind or wholly welcome a phone with a MediaTek processor, a removable battery, and Micro-USB, you can pick up a Nokia 2.2 right now from Amazon for just $100.
Over the years, HMD Global has shown its commitment to releasing the latest Android updates for even its entry-level models. Many Nokia phones from 2018 are already running Android 10 after its rollout started late last year. Keeping up with that trend, the Finnish brand today released the newest Android flavor for one of its cheapest phones released in 2019—the Nokia 2.2.
The Nokia 7.2 is in direct competition against Google's Pixel 3a, and as such, it needs to offer frequent software updates to users. The phone initially shipped with Android 9 Pie but is now starting to receive the latest OS version.
In today's livestreamed event that was supposed to take place as part of the canceled Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona, HMD Global was finally able to unveil its latest Nokia-branded mobile phones. The Nokia 8.3 5G is the world's first global 5G phone, which means it supports bands in every country in which 5G is currently deployed — even the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra can't boast global roaming capabilities. At the same time, the Nokia 5.3, 1.3, and a new roaming data plan from HMD also made their debut.
HMD Global is the manufacturer behind the Nokia brand revival and has created a plethora of well-received Android smartphones ever since that Windows Phone bet didn't work out. With Nokia re-established, the company seems to be searching for the next frontier, and it looks like it wants to start an additional business as a mobile operator. An "HMD Connect" app has silently appeared on the Play Store, and judging from the description and the listing's images, the Finnish company wants to focus its effort on providing data-only plans to those who travel a lot internationally.
Quick to promise software upgrades when Android 10 was announced, HMD Global has since revised its update roadmap for its Nokia smartphones with more of them expected to make the jump than initially claimed last fall.