May 10, 2021 (1 a.m. ET): Following the deletion of an Android 11 update schedule by Nokia in October 2020, a company employee has now published a new roadmap in the company’s community forums.
In the first quarter of 2021, the Nokia 8.3 5G and Nokia 3.2 received the Android 11 update. 4.2, 2.2, 2.3, and 8.1 are the next devices to get the update. The update will now be available in Q2 2021 for the Nokia 3.4, 5.3, 5.4, 1 Plus, 1.3, 1.4, and 2.4. Finally, Nokia has scheduled the release of updates for the Nokia 6.2, 7.2, and 9 Pureview for Q3 2021.
Due to the nature of update rollouts, Nokia notes that not all customers will receive the updates immediately after they are released. Furthermore, not all regions will receive them at the same time. However, this should provide current Nokia users with a better idea of when they can expect Android 11 on their devices.
The original article was published on September 28, 2020 (01:30 PM ET): You may have to wait a while before your Nokia phone receives the Android 11 update. According to NeoWin, HMD Global briefly posted its Android 11 roadmap for Nokia phones, which is bad news for some owners if it is accurate.
According to the schedule, the Nokia 2.2, 5.3, 8.1, and 8.3 5G will receive the Android 11 update first, in the fourth quarter of 2020. The majority of the eligible phones, including the Nokia 1.3, 2.3, 2.4, 3.2, 3.4, 4.2, 6.2, and 7.2, will be upgraded in the first quarter of 2021. That’s a little late, but it’s not unheard of.
You will, however, need to be especially patient with two stand-out phones. According to the report, the no-frills Nokia 1 Plus and the camera-centric Nokia 9 Pureview will not be upgraded until the second quarter of 2021, more than a year after Android 11 is released. Given the devices’ relative youth, this isn’t entirely surprising, but it could be aggravating given that Google’s latest OS will have been on Pixel phones for several months by that point.
The roadmap corresponds to the ages of the phones, some of which (such as the Nokia 8.1 from 2018) will be two or more years old by the time Android 11 is released. It would halt the production of a slew of handsets, including the first Nokia 1 and the high-end Nokia 8 Sirocco.
Don’t be surprised if the timing shifts. It’s unclear why HMD Global removed its roadmap post, and there could be changes to the schedule. However, if it is reasonably accurate, it will be some time before every qualifying phone is using the most up-to-date software.