HMD Extends Android Security Patch Support to older Nokia Smartphones

This is pretty awesome

nokia extends security patch support to older devices

Nokia 3-1 software

Every month, Google releases security updates. These are usually aimed to keep Android users safe and protect their devices. They are usually denoted by the month that they were meant for, i.e “August 2019 updates” and so on.

This has become a marketing scheme by companies that ensures that people trust that they will get security updates for an extended period of time. Nokia usually pushes these updates pretty quickly and now they are doing something even grander.

HMD is now extending their support for their older devices which is a fantastic move. Usually, they end security support for 2 years but now they are extending it to their 2017 devices.

They are doing this in a different way. In the third year of support, these devices will receive quarterly patches that will include all patches of the three months.  The devices in question include the Nokia 3, Nokia 5, Nokia 6 and Nokia 8. These devices have been receiving security updates for almost 2 years now and HMD is extending that support by another year.

Nokia 3 will be the first to get the quarterly security patch that will start from September 2019 until September 2010. The rest (Nokia 5, Nokia 6 and Nokia 8) will start receiving their quarterly patches beginning from October 2019 all the way to October 2020.

There are some caveats. For users with Nokia 6 Amazon (USA and India) versions, the security patch support will conclude in October 2019. If you have the Nokia 2, sadly this won’t be supported for an extra year and its security patch support will conclude in November 2019.

It is rare for an Android OEM to do this (sadly) and by extending that support to a total of 3 years, Nokia is now at Pixel level in pushing security updates to people that buy their phones.