Android 10 for Nokia 8 Sirocco and Nokia 7 Plus : Release Date and Features
Nokia 8 Sirocco is the last year flagship from HMD Global, comes with pre-loaded Android 8 Oreo and powered by Snapdragon 835 chipset. The Nokia 7 Plus is a mid-ranger, powered by Snapdragon 660 and runs on Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box. Both the devices got updated to Android 9 Pie in Q4 of 2018. The next major update for Nokia 8 Sirocco and 7 Plus is Android 10.
Google released the Android 10 final Beta on August 7th and announced that the official release will come in a few weeks. According to the official Android blog post, the tenth anniversary edition of Android will come with security patch of September 1st. So most likely, in early-September the Search Giant will release the official release.
Android 10 official Release dates for Nokia 8 Sirocco and 7 Plus
Nokia released a roadmap showing when its devices will receive the Android 10 update. According to the official roadmap, Nokia 7 Plus will receive the update in either late-Q4 of 2018 or early-Q1 of 2019. The last year Nokia flagship will get the update in Q1 of 2019.
But we can trace the most probable period of rollout based on last year’s update release cycle. The Finnish tech giant began the Android Pie update rollout with Nokia 7 Plus on September 28th. So Nokia took nearly 52 days to develop the Pie update. However, this time the development of Android 10 may get delayed as Nokia 7.1 stands ahead of 7 Plus. Most likely, in mid or late-December, the rollout for Nokia 7 Plus will begin, according to tech analysts.
The update cycle for Nokia 8 Sirocco is entirely different from rest of the Nokia devices. Albeit, HMD Global promised that the flagship would receive the Pie update in November, 2018, the rollout started on January 9th, 2019. This time, the Android 10 rollout may begin in late-January or early-February 2020. The rollout dates may change later due to unforeseen technical issues and other things. We will post the official rollout dates here, as soon as Nokia has announced them.
Android 10 : New Features
Till Android 9, Google codenamed the android versions with various famous desserts. But, the tenth anniversary edition of Android and the forthcoming updates will be called with version numbers only, according to Google.
The update brings many notable features like System-wide dark mode, Full Gesture navigation, Bubbles, Project Mainline, TLS 1.3 support, Native support for 5G and Desktop mode and so on.
System-wide Dark mode
Previously, Google rolledout some dark theme elements with Android Pie update. Now the search giant developed full dark mode and fixed any bugs discovered through Android 10 Beta testing. In the final beta, the dark mode appears gorgeous on Pixel devices. As Nokia uses stock android in Nokia 8 Sirocco and 7 Plus devices, the dark mode may appear similar to Pixel devices.
As Nokia 8 Sirocco sports P-OLED display, dark mode reduces battery consumption drastically and also prevents development of eye strain on prolonged use. Nokia 7 Plus users also get some improvement in battery life due to Dark mode in Android 10 update. Users can turn-on Dark mode by simply turning on the battery saver in Quick Settings or go to Settings>Display>Theme.
Project Mainline and Support for TLS 1.3
The Project Mainline is a security feature coming with Android 10. Google designed the feature to disseminate the critical Security updates for Android devices without any special update from Manufacturer. The critical updates install through Playstore and so users need not wait until the rollout of Security updates from OEMs. So Nokia 8 Sirocco and 7 Plus users will get regular critical updates with Android 10.
Native support for TLS 1.3 is another security feature in Android 10. With TLS 1.3 support, browsing becomes more safe and also fast. Because of zero round trip time feature in TLS 1.3, browser will need fewer handshakes with Webserver, consequently pages will load quicker.
Android 10 Bubbles
The Android 10 update is coming with redefined Multi-tasking experience with the Bubbles feature. So users can simultaneously browse web or watch videos in YouTube or Netflix while replying to messages or chat in Whatsapp. The feature works similar to that of Facebook’s chat heads. So user can chat with only a bubble icon of the app and its thread. The feature may get refined further in upcoming Android updates.
Parental Controls and Focus mode
Google released the Digital Wellbeing app with Android 9 Pie update addressed to reduce ever-growing smartphone addiction and eye problems. Dashboard, Winddown and App timer are the components of Digital wellbeing in Pie OS. Now in Android 10, thr feature gets new additions called Parental controls and Focus mode.
With Parental Controls, users can restrict their children smartphone usage to prevent addiction. Using Parental controls users can limit Screen-on time, specific app usage time and even lock some apps for their children.
Focus mode is another feature to reduce distractions while working on smartphone. When the user turns-on the focus mode after setting it up, it blocks notifications from the apps, so user can concentrate on one task only without distractions. The user can turn-off the Focus mode through the created shortcut or through Quick Settings toggle.
We will update this article soon with more details about Android 10 update for Nokia 8 Sirocco and 7 Plus.