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The pure Android One experience sets the Nokia 5.3 apart in India’s budget smartphone market

The Nokia 5.3, one of the first smartphone announcements delayed because of COVID-19, follows in the same footsteps of other Nokia-branded devices launched after 2016. It offers a relatively pure Android software experience as a result of HMD Global's commitment to Google's Android One program. More recently, the Nokia 5.3 was launched in India, where...

HMD Global rolls out the Android 10 update to the Nokia 3.1 and Nokia 5.1

Amidst all of the talk about Android 11 updates, some people forget that OEMs are still working on updating their smartphones to Android 10. For example, HMD Global was expected to conclude its Android 10 rollout by Q2 2020, but they unfortunately missed the timeline. The company worked hard over the last few months clearing...

[Update 2: Bugfix OTA] PSA: Xiaomi Mi A3’s latest update accidentally breaks dual-SIM functionality

Unlike the majority of smartphones on Xiaomi's portfolio, the Xiaomi Mi A3 runs a close-to-stock version of Android, thanks to its Android One branding. The Google-flavored Android UX also ensures that the device is eligible to get 3 years of monthly security updates. Matter of fact, Xiaomi has pushed a new security update for the...

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...

Nokia 8 Sirocco and Samsung Galaxy A30s receive stable Android 10 update

HMD Global relies on a number ODMs like Foxconn (and its subsidiary, FIH Mobile) and Longcheer to manufacture its Nokia-branded Android smartphones. While the practice is certainly useful to keep costs down, it has unintentionally exposed the company's internal firmware hosting servers multiple times. For example, the pre-release Android 10 update packages for the Nokia...

Android 10 internal beta leaks for the Nokia 8 Sirocco and Nokia 5.1 Plus

HMD Global’s bootloader unlock policy might be a mess, but the company still has a pretty good reputation among Android enthusiasts due to their speedy update schedule and minimal software changes. Be it the entry-level Nokia 2.2 or the mid-range Nokia 7.2, HMD Global has kept its promise to roll out the Android 10 update...

[Update: Kernel source] Motorola starts rolling out Android 10 to the original Motorola One

Long before the Android One initiative, Google offered a few Android devices running a pure Android experience under the Google Play Edition (GPE) scheme, including the first generation Moto G. Even after the Motorola brand was acquired by Lenovo, their phones continue the tradition of having a close-to-stock version of Android. The software support has...

Motorola One Vision/Action Android 10 kernel source code now available

Compared to the monumental popularity of Qualcomm's Snapdragon series of SoCs, the adoption rate of Samsung-designed Exynos chipsets by third-party smartphone makers is remarkably low. Apart from the Korean OEM itself, companies like Meizu and Vivo have occasionally picked up Exynos chips. Motorola also joined this small club by incorporating the Exynos 9609 SoC in...

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...

[Update: Delayed due to COVID-19] Xiaomi Mi A3 will receive Android 10 in mid-February

The Xiaomi Mi A3 was launched in July 2019 with Android 9 Pie, and the good-looking smartphone made its way to India a month later. Being an Android One device, users expected that the Google-flavored Android UX would receive fairly quick updates to the latest version of Android. But that hasn't really been the case, as the...

[Update 2: Launched in US] Nokia 2.3 launches with Android One based on Android 9 Pie and a microUSB port

Following the launch of the Nokia 6.2 and Nokia 7.2 at IFA 2019, HMD Global is back at it again with a new budget-centric device. At a recent event in Egypt, the company announced the new Nokia 2.3 an Android One device running Android 9 Pie out of the box. The device features a 6.2-inch...

Xiaomi Mi A3 and Mi A2 Android 10 kernel sources released before update

Xiaomi launched the Mi A3 in July 2019 with Android 9 Pie, and the good-looking smartphone made its way to India a month later. Similarly, the Mi A2 was launched in July 2018 with Android 8.1 Oreo and made its way to India in the next month. The Mi A2 received its stable Android 9...