HMD Global is finally – finally – seeding the long-awaited Android 10 update to the Nokia 5.1 Plus.
Users of the device have been very loud in every forum where they have an opportunity to be heard, voicing their displeasure at the delay in getting the device upgraded to Android 10. This news should finally calm some of those nerves while raising others.
That last bit is because having arrived running Android Oreo, with this update, the device has exhausted its guaranteed “2 major upgrades” quota (it got Android 9 Pie in January 2019) and now looks to the mercies of the device’s maker if it will extend some grace its way when it gets down to working on Android 11 for its current lineup of supported smartphones. This has happened before with the first generation of the new age Nokia smartphones so it is not exactly far-fetched. Still, users are guaranteed another year of receiving the much-needed security updates.
The Android 10 update on the Nokia 5.1 Plus clocks in at just over 1.3GB and should be available in the so-called first wave markets today through Sunday after which users in other regions, including Kenya, can now start being on the lookout for it.
The update arrives with the April security patch.
Launched locally back in late 2018 with a price tag that was, in my opinion, overblown given that one could pick up a competing Huawei device for much less (that specific Huawei smartphone has since been relegated to the cold as far as updates go so, maybe, going with the Nokia was worth it), has since seen significant price cuts that indicate its status at this time: it’s on its way out.
As per HMD Global’s revised update schedule, only the Nokia 1, Nokia 2.1, Nokia 3.1 and Nokia 5.1 now remain on the Android 10 “to-do” list.