Today, Google announced a new branding system for Android, which includes a new logo and naming scheme for new OS releases. Following the announcement, Juho Sarvikas, Chief Product Officer at HMD Global, has shared a timeline detailing when the company expects to deliver the upcoming version of Android to its supported Nokia smartphones.
The reveal was made in a tweet, and it reinforces HMD's commitment to delivering major OS updates in a timely manner, as it has done with previous versions of Android. It also clarifies that, while Nokia is extending security updates for another year for some of its initial lineup of phones, major OS updates are not going to be available for phones released in 2017.
As such, Android 10 is expected to arrive on the phones still supported by HMD Global by the second quarter of next year. The Nokia 7.1, 8.1 and 9 PureView will be the first devices to get the update in Q4 of 2019.
Early next year, the Nokia 6.1, 6.1 Plus, and 7 Plus will get, followed by the Nokia 2.2, 3.1 Plus, 3.2, and 4.2 later in Q1 of 2020. Still before Q2 rolls around, the Nokia 1 Plus, 5.1 Plus, and 8 Sirocco will also get the update. Finally, during the second quarter of next year, the last batch of phones to get Android 10 will include the Nokia 1, 2.1, 3.1, and 5.1.
All of HMD's smartphones, aside from carrier deals in the U.S., are part of the Android One program, which is meant to include two years of OS upgrades, and it's good to see the company living up to that promise.