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[Update: Full HMD response] Some Nokia phones in Europe sent user data to China, potentially violating GDPR

It's easy to get confused with all the decimal numbers phones coming out of HMD lately—the Nokia 7.1, 6.1, 3.2, 9, and so on. Even HMD might be getting a little turned around. Finnish media reports that some Nokia 7 Plus handsets in Europe have been beaming data to China even though they aren't Chinese phones. This could be a violation of Europe's GDPR legislation. Oops.

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The best Android smartphones you can buy right now (Spring 2019)

The wide range of Android phones on the market is one of the platform's greatest strengths - there's something for everyone. However, with all the choices available, trying to find the best smartphone an be like looking for a needle in a haystack. To help you out, we've compiled a short list of the best Android phones you can buy, from low-end budget devices to premium flagships.

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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 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

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

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'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

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

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

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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