Nokia 1 Plus gets Android 10 (Go edition) update

The Nokia 1 Plus is the latest Nokia smartphone to get upgraded to Android 10. Given that it arrived running the Go edition of Android 9 Pie, the update it is receiving is the Go edition of Android 10.

Google announced the Go edition of Android 10 back in September. However, it hasn’t been widely available, at least on devices in the Kenyan market, with many still launching with the Go edition of Android 9 Pie and those that have already been available barely standing any chance of getting an upgrade.

The best chance at an upgrade, as is often the case for devices at the Nokia 1 Plus’ price segment, is to buy one with the latest software.

That makes the Nokia 1 Plus unique and valuable to those that bought it when it became available in the country last year.

According to HMD Global’s Chief Product Officer, the update started rolling out on April 29th and should be hitting devices across the globe soon, where it is yet to reach. Of course, as is the case with updates on Nokia smartphones these days, the update is hitting users of the Nokia 1 Plus in first wave markets first and, after May 4th, will be rolling out to users of the device in other countries.

Sarvikas also used the opportunity to provide an update on the status of the Nokia 5.1 Plus’ long-awaited Android 10 update. The device will be getting its update as soon as HMD Global has fixed a Wi-Fi issue.

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According to Google, Android 10 Go edition brings with it vast improvements in speed – up to 10 times faster than in the previous version when launching apps – as well as a new encryption standard and even better support for “lite” apps.

We are not sure if, with this update, Google’s new camera app for Android Go devices is also included. The app is pre-installed on the Nokia 1 Plus’ successor, the Nokia 1.3, which is yet to become available locally.

At the entry-level, where the Nokia 1 Plus and its predecessor the Nokia 1 have operated, there are newer options in the revived Nokia C series. Last year, HMD Global started selling the Nokia C1 in Kenya. Just this ending week, the Nokia C2 has joined the fray with a price tag that is reminiscent of the price cuts the Nokia 1 series has constantly enjoyed in the local market.

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