HMD Global rolls out Android 10 update for the Nokia 2.3
Nokia’s affordable smartphone portfolio continues the legacy of receiving steady software updates as the entry-level Nokia 2.3 has now started to receive stable Android 10 OTA in various regions. The phone was launched back in December 2019 with Android Pie onboard and it was originally scheduled to get the Android 10 update during Q1 of 2020 as per HMD Global’s update schedule. The COVID-19 outbreak might be the reason behind the delay, as a bunch of other Nokia phones missed the timeline as well.
The Nokia 2.3 is eligible to get two years of OS upgrades and three years of monthly security updates by virtue of the Android One program and HMD Global’s strategy. This means that this budget phone will also receive Android 11, but in due time. Talking about the current Android 10 build, it is labeled as software version V2.230 and weighs about 1.11GB. The OTA also brings in all the new features that Google rolled out with Android 10, like the system-wide dark mode, full-screen gestures, smart replies for apps, and much more. However, HMD Global decided to ship one-month-old March 2020 security patches with this build, which is quite an unsatisfactory move.
An official announcement from HMD Global’s CPO Juho Sarvikas regarding this update is not up at the time of writing this article, but we can spot a relevant discussion thread on Nokia Community forums. Once again, the company has decided to choose an incremental rollout model to avoid spreading potentially showstopper bugs. The Android 10 OTA for the Nokia 2.3 should reach 10% of the consumers across the globe as part of the initial wave, while a 100% rollout is expected by April 26. Interestingly, the current list of approved markets doesn’t include the US, albeit the phone is sold there via Best Buy and Amazon. This could change in the near future, though.
Thanks to Twitter user @MohaHotlain for the screenshot!