Nokia-branded smartphones are yet to go on sale globally, but HMD Global has already announced that the smartphone lineup including Nokia 6, Nokia 5 and Nokia 3 will be updated with the latest Android O.
According to a report by TechRadar, the smartphones will be updated to the latest Android update, once it’s made available by Google. “The smartphones will get the Android O update once the new release is available from Google for their OEM partners, the same way HMD Global is committed to the monthly Android security updates,” an HMD spokesperson told the publication.
However, the brand didn’t reveal the timeline of the update, but one can expect it soon after Google rolls out Android O sometime near September or October. The company didn’t also mention that whether upcoming Nokia smartphones will get the latest update or not.
Meanwhile, all the three smartphones are reported to launch in India by next month. Sources close to the development told the Mole Indian that the “Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 will be launched in India next month. In the initial phase, Nokia phones will be sold in the off-line market and later on, they would be made available in online stores as well.
Talking about Android O, the latest update brings a host of new interesting features. The latest Android O is now available for public beta and was announced during Google I/O 2017.
To start with, Android O can be broadly classified into two categories namely ‘fluid experiences’ and ‘Android vitals’. The fluid experience caters to all the interesting features, which include the much-awaited picture-in-picture mode through which one can manage two tasks simultaneously. So, for example, one can minimise a YouTube video while sending a text message or writing an email.
Under interesting feature is the Notification dots, which are basically tiny chat heads for notifications. The user can long-tap on a Notification Dot and it will preview the notification, and one can swipe to dismiss, drag down to see the full notification or tap to open the app. The dots will extract the colour from the icon, making it easier to distinguish between different notifications.
Other than this, there is smart text selection, which uses machine learning to copy/paste, to let Android recognise entities like addresses, URLs, telephone numbers, and email addresses. Then there is Autofill with Google that simplifies setting up a new device and synchronising passwords by bringing Chrome’s Autofill feature to Android.