Android O release date is reportedly set for next week, with the Google Pixels, Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X expected to be among the early beneficiaries of the rollout.
Where the Google Pixel and Pixel XL will still receive the update to Android P, the upcoming Android O will be the last major OS update for the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X. If anything, the fact that the pair were still on Google’s list of supported devices for O played a huge role in owners of the phones having to worry less about the lack of deserved replacements.
A phone won’t be at the same performance levels all throughout, which is the current situation with the 2015 Nexus pair. Sooner or later, you’ll be in the market for a new phone, but when you have been a fan of the Nexus program for years, it’s not easy to find something that matches what the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X offer.
People are looking for a phone that can offer just about everything the Nexus program ever had: premium build, top-notch hardware, great camera, pure Android experience and affordable pricing. Motorola has a near clean Android experience, but since Lenovo took over, timely software updates have become a problem. Nokia has entered the market recently and with it comes a range of devices that include Nokia 6, Nokia 5 and Nokia 3.
While Nokia is no longer the mobile phone company that enjoyed a market share of 41%, many eyes will be on the Finnish company when Android O starts rolling out. Back in April, HMD Global’s VP for the Middle East and North Africa, Per Ekman, said that many Android smartphones do not have the OS in the right way. This is because of the different skins that come with different OEMs’ phones, something that plays a huge role in determining how long a company takes to release software updates.
Nokia is marketing itself as the company that wants consumers to have the latest version of Android, promising to ensure the likes of Nokia 6, Nokia 5 and other future Nokia phones receive the latest OS and security patches as soon as Google makes them available. Essentially, what Ekman is saying here is that all Nokia phones will come with a pure Android experience as well as receive timely software updates, something Nokia 6, Nokia 5 and Nokia 3 owners can attest.
There’s no denying that the Nokia 6, for instance, has a great build that resembles a myriad of other premium devices, however, the performance specs are nowhere near what the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X have to offer. We’ve heard rumors that the company has plans to release a flagship phone dubbed Nokia 8. This phone will ship with high-end specs, similar to the likes of Samsung Galaxy S8, HTC U11, Sony Xperia XZ Premium, Moto Z2 Force and so on, however, the pricing is expected to be very affordable, just like the Nexus 6P.
Prior to this report, rumors had suggested that HMD was working on two mid-range phones, among them the Nokia 7. The mid-ranger was rumored to come with a Snapdragon 660 SoC and a full HD display screen, much like what you see on the Nexus 5X, however, the details remain vague.
While it’s obvious that Nokia is doing a great job in terms of emulating the Nexus 6P and 5X’s incredible builds, great hardware, and even the pricing, there’s still one major concern: timely software updates. If anything, this is what has made many people literally fall in love with Google devices. As noted earlier, the company has promised to use pure Android skins – skins that allow devices to receive timely software updates.
Last month, Nokia showed glimpses of what to expect when it rolled out July’s Android security patch to the Nokia 6 ahead of Google Pixel and Nexus 6P. But the real test is here – Android O. With the OS expected to start rolling out on Monday next week, many eyes – especially those from Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X users – will be on Nokia.
There have been suggestions that Nokia phones are here to replace the Nexus brand, which has now been replaced by the Pixel family. With the current – and upcoming – Nokia phones ticking a number of boxes that Nexus users would like, how the company handles the upcoming Android O release for Nokia 6, Nokia 5 and Nokia 3 will be a major determining factor.
If HMD does keep its word, we won’t be surprised to see the Nokia 6 getting Android O OTA starting next week or the week after, alongside the Nexus 6X, Nexus 5X and the Pixel phones. It’ll indeed be interesting to see how this one turns out.
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