Android 9 Pie update on budget phones: From Nokia 5.1 Plus, Realme 1, Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 to Xiaomi Mi A2, here is a list of budget smartphones slated to get latest Android OS version soon.
Google’s latest Android Pie final version was announced in August this year. While the Android Pie stable update was rolled out to the Pixel phones on the same day, other devices like Nokia 7 Plus, OnePlus 6, Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact are among the non-Pixel phones that received the latest Android version.
But while these are either mid-range or premium models, the question remains on whether Android 9.0 update will arrive in the budget smartphones or not. In this article, we have compiled announcements around the budget smartphones from leading brands, which are expected to get Android Pie update. Here is the list.
Android 9 Pie update for Asus smartphones
Asus budget smartphone, the Zenfone Max Pro M1 will get Android 9 Pie update by the end of this year. The information was announced by Dinesh, the head of the Asus Indian mobile division during an interview with YouTuber GeekyRanjit. Although he did not a specific timeframe for the Android Pie update he cited that it will be rolled out in “due course.” Asus also promised to release Android Pie update for its premium phone Asus Zenfone 5Z.
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Asus Zenfone Max Pro 1 arrived in the Indian market in May this year. The device is the first from Asus’s smartphone shelf to ditch custom ZenUI skin and opt for stock version. The phone was launched with a stock version of Android Oreo onboard. The Zenfone Max Pro M1 (6GB RAM model) recently received EIS (electronic image stabilisation) support via a FOTA update.
Android 9 Pie update for Nokia phones
HMD Global back in May promised that all Android-powered Nokia phones will get Android 9 Pie update. While the mid-range Nokia 7 Plus received the latest Android OS stable version this September, HMD Global last month released the stable version of Android 9 Pie for Nokia 6.1 and Nokia 6.1 Plus. The next budget Nokia smartphone to get the latest Android OS version is the Nokia 5.1 Plus.
HMD Global Chief Product Officer, Juho Sarvikas responding to Nokia 5.1 Plus Android Pie update query hinted that handset should get the latest Android version by the end of this year. Nokia 5.1 Plus is an Android One powered smartphone and guarantees regular software update for two years.