HMD Global, today started rolling out the Android 10 update to the Nokia 8.1 smartphone. The device is the first in HMD’s portfolio to get the Android 10 update. The company, of course, makes quick updates one of its core value propositions, so more devices should get the update soon.
The announcement also makes HMD — which owns the license for using the Nokia brand on smartphones — amongst the first to rollout Android 10 to its devices. OnePlus, the leader in India’s premium smartphone market, has also updated many of its devices to the same.
That said, Nokia and OnePlus have usually been faster than others when it comes to updating their devices. The Android ecosystem in general though has been slacking in updating existing devices to new versions. A case in point here is that new smartphones being launched today do not have Android 10 out of the box, in spite of the fact that Google announced Android 10 back in March this year.
The maker of Android though has been trying to tackle this problem. Google made it easier for manufacturers to update devices over the past two versions of the operating system (OS). However, the company more recently made it compulsory for Android 10 to be on smartphones that ship post January 31, 2020.
This move has two important implications. The first, of course, is the fact that more smartphones will get the newest version of Android soon. More importantly, it compels companies to tune their custom interfaces for Android 10’s requirements. Essentially, companies will have to put more resources behind developing Android 10-based custom interfaces for their devices.