Android 9, which is named Pie, has been around for a while now. Well, it’s been 8 months since we first got to see it so…
Now, the latest devices to get it are from HMD Global. The Finnish company’s smartphones, the Nokia 6.1 and Nokia 6.1 Plus, are now receiving Android Pie.
Since I have neither of those devices, this is according to HMD Global’s Chief Product Officer, Juho Sarvikas through tweets he posted yesterday.
The update includes some new features like Google Lens integration for the Nokia 6.1 and improvements to the camera in the Nokia 6.1 Plus to capture better low-light photos.
The development is not surprising, though, and it’s been expected since the company has committed to updating all its smartphones to the latest version of Android. Even better, both devices are part of the Android One programme and are, as such, guaranteed timely software updates.
Starting January 2019, Google will require all devices activated after January 31st, 2018 [refer to last week’s newsletter], to be receiving the all-important security patches that Google sends out every month, at least on a quarterly basis. The catch here is that the particular device model should’ve had at least 100,000 units activated.
For those not in the know, activation in this context means that a user has used their Google account to set up a particular device.
The Nokia 6.1 Plus went on sale in Kenya recently at a price of about Kshs 32,000 so buyers of the device can look forward to upgrading to Pie as soon as they lay their hands on it.