Nokia 5, the offline exclusive mid-range Android smartphone from HMD Global has started receiving the September security patch ahead of Google's own Pixel and Nexus devices. HMD Global has been pitching software as one of the key selling points of its smartphones and with this security update, the Finnish startup is living up to the pure Android promise.
According to Nokiapoweruser, the Nokia 5 is receiving an over-the-air update weighing in at 140MB that only brings the September security patch. Earlier, HMD Global had patched the Nokia 6 with the July security update ahead of Google Pixel and Nexus lineup. HMD Global, the new home of Nokia, has been consistent with monthly security updates and it is promising minimum two years of major software updates for its devices.
The company recently updated its entry-level Nokia 3 to Android 7.1.1 Nougat and it is anticipated to become the first OEM to offer Android 8.0 Oreo update to all of its smartphones available in the market. At the time of writing this article, Google has started pushing the September security update to supported Pixel and Nexus devices. The search giant is also making factory images available for those planning to manually install the update.
Google announced Android 8.0 Oreo update for select Pixel and Nexus devices last month and the September security update is expected to patch bugs detected after the rollout. Nokia 5 getting the update ahead of Google's own devices can be seen a good sign, but it will eventually have to roll out Android 8.0 Oreo to really stand apart from other OEMs on the software front.