The Nokia 6 released in select markets in January, and is not available in most places. The Nokia 3 and 5 are expected to launch in June 2017. Android O is expected in the third quarter of 2017, and was announced by Google at the 2017 I/O conference. However, HMD Global has confirmed to Techradar that Android O will be available on the Nokia 3, 5 and 6. The smartphones are made by the independent Finnish company HMD Global, which has licensed the rights to use the Nokia brand name from Microsoft, for a period of ten years.
An HMD spokesperson has indicated that in the same way that the Nokia smartphones from HMD get monthly Android security releases, the end users will get the updated version of the OS as soon as Google makes it available to their OEM partners. The Nokia 3, 5 and 6 run an almost stock version of the Android OS, and the update from Nougat to O should be easier because of that. The roll out of updates to Android devices made by other manufacturers has been a painstakingly slow process so far thanks to customisations and additional hardware-related features added to stock Android software.
If HMD manages to rollout Android O as fast as they claim they will, users of the Nokia smartphones will be among the first to get the latest version of the operating system. The most exciting product expected from HMD is the Nokia 9, which was spotted on Geekbench towards the end of May. The phone could pack in a phenomenal 8 GB of RAM.