October 14, 2018


The two Nokia models are among the first smartphones globally to roll out the Android 9 Pie 

HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, has announced the roll out of Android 9 Pie on EISA’s Consumer Smartphone of the Year, the Nokia 7 Plus. Fans in Malaysia will start to receive Android 9 Pie on their Nokia 7 Plus in phases throughout October 2018 while users of the Nokia 6.1 Plus have started receiving the update through Nokia phones beta labs. Early adopters will be able to provide direct feedback to Android after testing the beta version of the new update.


Packed with Google’s intuitive software, and only the most essential apps loaded, the Nokia 7 Plus and Nokia 6.1 Plus serve up Android 9 Pie with no bloatware, skins UI changes or hidden processes eating up your battery life. This upgrade builds upon the strong features of Android 8.0 Oreo™, and focuses on a more tailored experience with emphasis on AI, machine learning, and digital wellbeing.


The Nokia 7 Plus powered by Android 9 Pie creates the most efficient Nokia smartphone yet. Advances in machine learning and AI features - such as Adaptive Battery and App Actions - ensure smarter resourcing of power and processing, bringing about an accelerated smartphone functionality.


For the Nokia 6.1 Plus, which was launched in Malaysia recently, users can try out these set of features by registering yourself on Nokia phones beta labs.


Vijay Thangavelu, Country Manager (Malaysia and Myanmar), HMD Global, said: “We are excited to announce that the much anticipated Android 9 Pie update is now available on the Nokia 7 Plus whereas Nokia 6.1 Plus users now have access to the beta version. While the update is scheduled to roll out to all other Nokia Android One models in the upcoming months, we are delivering our promise for our consumers to receive pure, secure, and up-to-date Android on Nokia smartphones. Android 9 Pie puts AI at the core of the operating system with added focus on intelligence simplicity and digital wellbeing. We believe this update will add value to the everyday lives of our consumers.”                                                                                                                                      

As part of the Android One family, the Nokia 7 Plus and Nokia 6.1 Plus will introduce App Actions – a new feature unique  to Android One devices and Google Pixel phones running Android 9 Pie. App Actions learns more about your daily usage and assists you with your everyday tasks. Your Nokia smartphone will predict and recommend your next action at the moment it is needed the most - whether it is business, music or lifestyle.  


The Nokia 7 Plus and Nokia 6.1 Plus are optimised to extract every bit of juice from the already powerful battery. With Adaptive Battery, Android 9 Pie uses deep learning to understand patterns in phone usage and priorities battery power for apps that are important to you.  


As well as smart technology advances, the new update will come with added Digital Wellbeing features to help encourage breaks from screen time. New functionalities include highlighting device time on your Dashboard, the ability to set time limits for app usage and Wind Down Mode which fades your phone to gray scale and activates Do Not Disturb at a predetermined time in the evening. Nokia smartphones have long encouraged digital downtime - with the inclusion of Nokia 3310 and 8110 to our range - supporting time off from scrolling.

Key features of Android 9 Pie
App Actions                              -   Helps you get things done faster by predicting your next

                                                        move and displaying the right action on your phone . 
Slices                                         -    Identifies relevant information of your favorite apps to make

                                                        them more easily accessible when you need them .
Adaptive Battery                     -    Uses deep learning to understand usage patterns and

                                                        priorities battery power on important apps .
Adaptive Brightness               -    Automatically adapts phone brightness by learning from

                                                        your interactions with different settings .
New System Navigation         -    Features a single home button that provides intelligent

                                                        predictions and suggestions (user enabled).


Digital Wellbeing features available 
Dashboard                                     -  Highlights screen time and phone usage including

                                                            how many times device has been unlocked and number

                                                            of notifications received.
App Timers ​                                    -  Set time limits on app usage
Wind Down and Do Not Disturb​ -  Set a daily schedule to get your phone ready for bed. Your

                                                             screen fades to Grayscale, while Do Not Disturb silences

                                                             notifications for a restful sleep. You can activate Do Not

                                                             Disturb anytime you want to disconnect. 


Keep up to date with HMD Global by following our official Facebook page at @NokiamobileMY.


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