HMD/Nokia’s smartphones join Google’s Android One program ‘leading the charge’

Alongside HMD’s big bet on reviving the legendary Nokia brand and business through a licensing deal and a new wave of handsets that it is unveiling today at MWC in Barcelona, the company also announced another interesting piece of news: it has entered a new partnership with Google, where HMD/Nokia is now a leading participant in Google’s Android One — a program where Google has aimed for less fragmentation among Android smartphones by specifying hardware, the Google UI and a commitment to regular security updates.

The Android One deal will see a slate of Nokia’s of Android-based devices — the Nokia 8 Sirocco, Nokia 7 Plus and the Nokia 6, all running Android Oreo — come into the program in one go, a first for any Android OEM, and it signals an interesting shift.

“We’ve created a unique partnership with Google and it makes sense that we should strengthen that partnership today,” said Juho Sarvikas, CPO of HMD Global, in his presentation today.

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