Nokia 3, which was in the first batch of Nokia smartphones and debuted at MWC last year, has now reportedly started receiving an update to Android 8.1 Oreo. The new update comes several months after the Nokia 3 upgraded from Android Nougat to Android 8.0 Oreo. The handset was launched alongside the Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 with Android 7.0 Nougat and promised to receive monthly security updates. Notably, Nokia brand licensee HMD Global isn't likely to release Android Pie for the Nokia 3 since it was launched with Android Nougat and has a dated MediaTek SoC.
The Android 8.1 Oreo update for the Nokia 3 comes along with the December 2018 Android security patch, as reported by NokiaCamp. The official changelog also reportedly mentions "System Stability" as one of the key changes with the new update. This could be related to some system-level optimisations to deliver an improved user experience.
It appears that the new update is initially rolling out to select markets. However, your Nokia 3 could soon get the latest experience through an over-the-air (OTA) package.
You can check the arrival of the Android 8.1 Oreo update on your Nokia 3 by going to Settings > Software updates. The update apparently carries software build version 4.42D.
As we mentioned, the Nokia 3 was unveiled at MWC 2017. While the handset debuted with Android 7.0 Nougat, it received an update to Android 7.1.1 Nougat in September last year and then moved to Android 8.0 Oreo in April.
Nokia 3 specifications
The dual-SIM (Nano) Nokia 3 features a 5-inch HD display and is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek 6737 SoC, coupled with 2GB of RAM. There is 16GB of onboard storage that is expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB).
Optics on the Nokia 3 include an 8-megapixel camera on both front and back. Besides, the smartphone packs a 2650mAh battery and measures 143.4x71.4x8.4mm.