HMD Global reschedules Nokia smartphones’ Android 10 update plans

The effects of the global outbreak of the deadly strain of the Coronavirus, COVID-19, are being felt far and wide. The global aviation system has almost ground to a halt with flights between various nations and continents being scaled to the lower percentages.

This, alongside the necessary precautions in place against crowded places, grounds for the spread of the communicable pandemic that COVID-19 has turned out to be, has also seen lots of conferences cancelled. Google I/O, for instance, won’t be happening, at least physically. Last month, it claimed the epicentre of mobile product release platform, the annual Mobile World Congress.

All of this, given the pandemic’s epicentre in China, has also had adverse effects on the release schedules for most products since a lot of hardware production happens there.

Now, the tide is increasingly shifting to the software side.

Not only have we heard of updates for devices like Xiaomi’s Mi A3 being delayed further and blamed on the spread of the virus, a champion of the quick updates movement, HMD Global, has been forced to reschedule its own update plans for several devices that were scheduled to get their Android 10 updates over the first two quarters of 2020.

According to the company’s Chief Product Officer, Juho Sarvikas, updates for all the devices that had yet to get Android 10 have been pushed back by a few weeks.

As per the rescheduled timeline (see the image below), only the Nokia 2.2, among those that hadn’t been updated but were set to receive updates this first quarter of the year, will be doing so. Users of the Nokia 3.1 Plus, 3.2 and 4.2, whose devices were earmarked for upgrading to Android 10 by mid-Q1, will have to wait till the end, any day from now. Even then, the wait might extend to early Q2 (next month).

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Past heavy hitters under the Nokia brand like the Nokia 8 Sirocco and the Nokia 7.2 will be joining the Nokia 6.2 in getting their Android 10 juices flowing around the same time.

The last devices to get their Android 10 upgrade, as expected, are the low-end devices in Nokia’s expanding device portfolio.

The Nokia 5.1 Plus and the Nokia 1 Plus, initially scheduled to get their updates this quarter, will be leading the pack in Q2.

HMD Global has so far released Android 10 to 6 smartphones namely: Nokia 6.1, Nokia 6.1 Plus, Nokia 7 Plus, Nokia 7.1, Nokia 8.1 and the flagship Nokia 9 PureView.

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