HMD Global is currently seeding the Android 9 update for one of its earliest devices, the Nokia 3. Finally, phew!

The device is one of the last ones to get the update. In fact, after it, only one more device scheduled to get the upgrade remains: the Android Go-powered Nokia 1. That device, as per the company’s own roadmap, is set to receive it any time now.

The update, which is currently rolling out to Nokia 3s in various regions around the world, brings with it several Android Pie standout features.

These include adaptive brightness, adaptive battery and the new (two-button) system navigation that rolled out to Android with the Pie update. Also included with the update is the May 2019 security patch.

Since its announcement at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) back in 2017 and its eventual release into the Kenyan market in July 2017, the Nokia 3 has received several significant updates that its users are most likely proud of.

2 months later, in September 2017, the Nokia 3 was upgraded to Android 7.1.1 from 7.0 (Nougat), the last of the devices unveiled earlier that year by HMD Global to do so. The same would be repeated the following year with both the Android 8.0 and Android 8.1 making their way to the device long after the company’s other more capable devices had been upgraded.


Despite the Nokia 3’s limited feature set, HMD Global had committed to updating it to Android Pie in line with its policy of fully supporting its devices for at least 2 years with regular security updates and at least 2 major operating system upgrades.

This has been quite generous of the Finnish company since the Nokia 3, unlike later Nokia smartphones, is not part of the Android One programme which binds its maker to provide software updates for a defined period of time. They keep their word.

The update clocks in at just under 1.4 gigabytes of data.