Android 10 has now been out for close to a year, and Android 11 is just around the corner. Since last year’s Android release has been available for quite a while now, most flagship and mid-range smartphones that are eligible for an Android 10 update from their respective manufacturers have received the update.
Android 10 has now been out for close to a year, and Android 11 is just around the corner. Since last year’s Android release has been available for quite a while now, most flagship and mid-range smartphones that are eligible for an Android 10 update from their respective manufacturers have received the update. However, there are still many devices for which the update hasn’t rolled out yet–particularly some lower-end budget smartphones where updates are not as much of a priority as they are on more expensive devices. This, however, doesn’t mean that they’re necessarily going to be left behind. Now, two lower-end smartphones from HMD Global and Xiaomi (the Nokia 2.1 and the Redmi 8A Dual respectively) are getting updates to Android 10.
We are talking about two wildly different devices here, mind you. The Nokia 2.1 is an Android Go Edition smartphone that launched with Android 8.1 Go edition and got an update to Android 9 Pie Go Edition later down the road. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor with just 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of storage, so it’s hardly the most powerful option out there. Nonetheless, HMD Global has committed to providing 2 major updates for the entirety of its smartphone lineup, so even the budget Nokia 2.1 was due for an Android 10 update eventually. Since the update brings Android 10 Go Edition, you’ll be getting a stripped-down version of the Android 10 experience with special Go-optimized versions of Google apps. The update is rolling out now for 10% of users in several Asian markets, including in India, and will fully roll out to all users in the approved Asian markets by September 7th.
The Redmi 8A Dual from Xiaomi is a beefier budget device. It’s essentially a special (and India-exclusive) model of the Redmi 8A, featuring dual cameras instead of the single rear shooter that was included in the normal model. This phone features a slightly higher-end Snapdragon 439 processor with up to 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage. Both the regular Redmi 8A and the Redmi 8 have already received Android 10, and now, the Redmi 8A Dual device is getting its own Android 10 update with MIUI 11. Those of you who are waiting for an update to MIUI 12 will have to wait for longer.