In April 2021, Nokia announced the X10 and X20 smartphones

In April 2021, Nokia announced the X10 and X20 smartphones

The Nokia X10 and X20 were released in April 2021, with a three-year software support guarantee that included major Android version and security patch upgrades. Now, this devotion appears to be paying off, as the former is switching to fresh firmware from the Android 11 release it came with out of the box.

Nokia announced the X10 around eight months ago, promising long-term and robust software support. Now, the HMD Global brand has kept its word by updating the mid-range smartphone to the newest version of Android. Improved privacy options, among other things, are included in the upgrade.

Highlights

  • Android 12 for the Nokia X10 also confers a new Conversation Widget on the phone. It can display message threads with friends and family when placed on a homescreen. The update also includes numerous accessibility upgrades and a slightly underwhelming November 2021 security patch.

  • The phone, currently priced at ~US$330 on Amazon, has now indeed joined the X20 in updating to Android 12. This software (known as the V2.230 firmware for the X10) also adds a new Privacy Dashboard, allowing the user to keep better track of the apps using their mics, cameras, location data and more at one glance.

Nokia has announced that this upgrade will be rolled out to a first wave of users in a long list of individual countries (available on its website) whereas those in the X10’s remaining market will need to wait for a second at present.