HMD Global will now move Nokia Phones’ activation and performance to Google Cloud servers in Finland. The new strategy comes to reinforce HMD Global’s commitment to adhere to all applicable European security measures and legislation, including EU data privacy regulations such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
The first handsets to make such a move are the Nokia 4.2, Nokia 3.2 and Nokia 2.2. Older models will follow with the release of Android Q, which rollout is scheduled for later this year and should be completed in the first half of 2020. According to the company, the data will be collected on Google Cloud servers in Hamina, Finland.
Juho Sarvikas, Chief Product Officer, HMD Global, stated:
“FANS WORLD-WIDE VALUE OUR UNIQUE PRODUCT PROMISE; THAT EVERY HMD-MADE NOKIA SMARTPHONE ON ANDROID ONE WILL RECEIVE REGULAR SECURITY UPDATES FOR 3 YEARS, ALONGSIDE OS UPGRADES FOR 2 YEARS. WE WANT EVERY NOKIA SMARTPHONE TO STAY FRESH FOR LONGER AND TO ENSURE EVERYONE CAN ENJOY THE LATEST INNOVATIONS FROM GOOGLE, AND SO WE STRIVE TO BRING THE LATEST OS UPGRADES FROM ANDROID FASTER THAN ANY OTHER MANUFACTURER. THIS IS WHY CONSUMERS CAN RELY ON THEIR NOKIA SMARTPHONE, THEY JUST KEEP ON GETTING BETTER WITH TIME.”
HMD has also partnered with consultant firm CGI to analyze data to look for ways to improve user’s experience on current phones and future models. An interesting thing is that Google’s Hamina facility cools its servers with seawater from the Gulf of Finland. it was the first of its kind. It’s currently one of the most advanced and sustainable data centers developed by the search giant.