Slowly but surely, HMD Global has been rolling out Android 9 Pie to its Nokia-branded phones. The Nokia 7 Plus, 6.1, 6.1 Plus, 5.1, 5.1 Plus, 8, and 8 Sirocco have all received Pie by now. If your Nokia device still doesn't have Pie, don't fret — HMD has laid out its update timeline for all remaining phones. Read More
HMD Global may still be refusing to unlock bootloaders, but it's required to release each phone's source code by the GPL. The company has just published the kernel source for the Nokia 5.1, which was announced a little under two months ago. Read More
The Nokia X6 may have been the first Nokia smartphone with a notched display under HMD Global, but if a leak today is any indicator, it won't be the last. In what Twitter leaker @OnLeaks is calling the Nokia 5.1 Plus, we see much of that X6 design language coming to what will presumably be a more affordable handset.
The Nokia 5.1 was announced at MWC, and it's one of HMD's more oddball MediaTek handsets, using the latter's Helio P18 processor. It's unclear what hardware will power this new notched "Plus" variant, but it will presumably offer more than the 5.5 inches of screen diagonal of the predecessor it allegedly shares a name with. Read More
Back in February, Google announced the Android Enterprise Recommended program, which defines which phones are ideal for business use. Devices in the program have to follow a set of guidelines from Google, such as rolling out security updates within 90 days of release. The company announced today that a handful of more devices have been added to the program, including the Moto G6, Huawei P20/P20 Pro, and Sony Xperia XZ2. Read More
The Nokia 5.1 has been approved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), paving the way for a launch in the United States. It appears four variants of the device are on the way, two of which have dual SIM card support. Here are all the details. Read More
The revival of the Nokia brand by Finnish company HMD Global has been a runaway success up to this point. All recent models run pure versions of Android (One or Go) and offer great value for money — a real boost to the budget and mid-range smartphone market especially. At an event today in Moscow, HMD announced updated versions for three of its best-selling products. The new Nokia 2, 3, and 5 share the same DNA as their predecessors but include a range of improvements to make them even more enticing, while maintaining Nokia's "pure, secure, and up-to-date" promise. Read More
The Nokia brand has been through an incredible transformation in recent years, under the guidance of HMD Global. Its products have received almost universal praise, so much so that we’re now at a point when I would honestly recommend a Nokia phone ahead of pretty much anything else in the budget-to-midrange space. Recent Nokia devices feel like they should be more expensive than they are, have a pleasing minimal design aesthetic, and — perhaps most importantly — they all run either Android Go or Android One, meaning they get fast updates and are devoid of bloatware.
With another $100 million of investment recently announced, it's hard not to look at the success HMD Global is having and wonder why more OEMs don’t go down the same route — the "pure, secure, and up-to-date" motto must really resonate with consumers trying to get the best possible deal for their money. Read More