Last year, the only vanilla Android phones available to choose from were the Google Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Pixel and Pixel XL, but HMD Global has just expanded this selection with the introduction of the new Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 smartphones.
In their early days, HMD Global was quick to mention that all Nokia Android phones will sport similar characteristics to the likes of Google Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P. Now that the three Nokia phones unveiled so far have hit quite a number of markets across the globe, including the U.S. where the Nokia 6 is now available for purchase via Amazon, people are starting to see some sense in what the Finnish company promised a few months ago.
With the introduction of the Nokia 6, Nokia 5 and Nokia 3, the Google Pixel and Nexus family are no longer the only vanilla Android phones that fans can turn to in the market right now. The Nokia trio offers a clean Android experience that gets rid of the many customizations people are used to seeing on the likes Samsung Galaxy, HTC, Xiaomi, OnePlus, Sony and many other Android phones.
The pure Android experience that made people fall in love with the Pixel and Nexus phones has now moved over to the Nokia phones. With this, the Finnish companies are hopeful that Nokia 6, Nokia 5 and Nokia 3 will be getting more fans in different markets across the globe, especially the U.S. where the Nexus fan base is so big.
When Google dropped the Nexus brand, fans of the family were quite disappointed by the move. Even though they still have the option to pick from the two Pixel phones, the price tag that comes with these phones is nothing close to what they were used to with respect to the Nexus family. With the new Nokia phones, you not only get some of the best vanilla Android phones out there, but also the most affordable in this category, even cheaper than the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P.
One thing that made the Nexus brand and its vanilla Android experience very popular is the ability to receive timely software updates. Due to the many customizations on the likes of Samsung Galaxy, LG< HTC and Xiaomi phones, rolling out software updates, including monthly security patches, usually takes weeks. For instance, it’s only now that a number of Samsung Galaxy phones have started receiving this month’s security patch, weeks after the same update was released by Google.
Interestingly, the Nokia 6 was the first to receive this month’s security patch, even ahead of the Google Pixel and Nexus phones. All this can be attributed to the fact that the phone is among the few vanilla Android phones in the market right now.
HMD Global has also promised that the Nokia 6 alongside the other duo will also be supported for at least two years as far as major Android OS upgrades are concerned. This means that Android O and possibly Android P updates will be available to the phones when time comes.
Google is expected to release the update to Android O for its devices this coming month. Since the Nokia phones have now joined the Google phones as the only vanilla Android phones available, it’s possible that they will also be joining the Google devices in receiving Android O update at about the same time, if not a few days or weeks later.
Since they are all budget phones, the Nokia 6, Nokia 5 and Nokia 3 are very affordable. Where the most expensive Nokia 6 is valued at €230, the entry level Nokia 3 will set you back just €139. Not bad huh!