HMD Global rolls out the Android 10 update for the Nokia 2.2
Google’s Android One ecosystem is still alive thanks to HMD Global, as the Nokia brand has earned a very good reputation among Android purists. Nokia phones receive regular security updates regardless of the price tag, and Android 10 is already available for a bunch of mid-range Nokia phones, such as the Nokia 6.1, Nokia 6.1 Plus, and Nokia 7 Plus. As per the revised update schedule shared by the company earlier this month, HMD Global has now started rolling out the Android 10 update to the entry-level Nokia 2.2.
HMD Global’s Chief Product Officer Juho Sarvikas has announced on Twitter the arrival of the Android 10 update for the Nokia 2.2. It is worth noting that this particular phone was launched with a promise to be the cheapest phone to secure the Android 10 OTA in due time. The Nokia 2.2 is also eligible to get three years’ worth of monthly security updates and two years of OS upgrades, which means that owners of this phone should be able to get a taste of Android 11 as well in the future.
Nokia 2.2 users, now is your chance to update to Android 10! All performance-enhancing features are now available! Stay tuned for the same update for our other Nokia phones #nokiamobile pic.twitter.com/0eTzk9hvF6
— Juho Sarvikas (@sarvikas) March 17, 2020
The version number of the new firmware is V2.300, which is a steep hike from the last Android Pie-based build (V1.63E) for the Nokia 2.2. It is about 1.1GB in size and the update brings all the new features introduced with Android 10, including enhanced dark mode, gesture navigations, and privacy controls. However, HMD Global decided to ship one-month-old February 2020 security patches with this OTA, which is a rather disappointing move.
The Nokia 2.2 already has a successor, the Nokia 2.3, which is scheduled to receive the Android 10 update very soon. Both of them are powered by the MediaTek Helio A22 chip, which is apparently vulnerable to a critical security exploit dubbed as MediaTek-su (formerly known as CVE-2020-0069). Fortunately the vulnerability can’t be exploitable under Android 10 due to a new SELinux policy, thus the Nokia 2.2 is now out of the danger zone.
Thanks to Nokia Community user [email protected]@@@5254 for the screenshot!