Will these Nokia phones be the first to get Android P?

Could Nokia-branded phones made by HD Global really win the race to Google’s Android P operating system?

According to a purported Nokia support representative replying to a customer query, the new operating system will roll out to the company’s phones sometime in August.

The report comes via a NokiaPowerUser reader who sent a screenshot showing the email he received. Bear in mind, the reply comes from a rep by the name of “Amaze balls”, so make of that what you will.

We’re taking it with a pinch of salt, but there have been positive indications Nokia will be among the first manufacturers to aggressively push the software update out to its phones.

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The company was quick to confirm it would be releasing the as-yet-unnamed Android P to all of its recent smartphones, from the Nokia 1 all the way up to the 2018 Nokia 8 Sirocco.

Earlier this week, the Nokia 6.1, Nokia 6 and Nokia 8 Sirocco joined the Android P beta in China, as part of the company’s commitment to “pure, secure, and up-to-date” Android devices.

Android One a big plus

The presence of Android One on a number of Android devices will certainly hasten the transition, but whether Nokia fans will have access to Android P as soon as August remains to be seen.

Google has promised a release in Q3, which could mean anywhere between July 1 and September 30, but the software often debuts with Google’s own branded hardware.

Earlier this week it emerged HMD may be working on a flagship phone with the Snapdragon 845 processor and Android P. It appears this could be the anticipated Nokia 9, being tipped for launch at the IFA tech show at the beginning of September.

According to the report, the device will have an LG OLED screen, supporting the under-display biometric sensor which is yet to appear on any mainstream smartphone.

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