System and applications
Nokia 7.1 works on the pure version of the Android system and it takes part in the Android One program. And I knew that it will receive a quick update – which has happened in the middle of December. Then the smartphone notified me that it will update the system to Android 9 Pie along with the December security updates. A big advantage for this. The pure Android is usually associated with a lack of additional modifications (and enhancements) of the interface and the lack of useless, preinstalled apps.
There are no major modifications and additional functions as in smartphones with manufacturers’ add-ons. But it does not mean that pure Android is completely deprived of them. There is something similar to Always-on-display – here under the name of “Ambient display”. Thanks to this on an almost completely dimmed display we can see notifications. Due to the lack of a notifications LED it is better to at least have this alternative.
There is some gestures support, for example flipping the phone in order to reject a call or lifting it up in order to mute it. Personalization covers changing wallpapers, widgets or icons’ shape, there is a dark mode as well, in which the background of apps’ menu, shortcuts and notifications bar and some of the basic apps is black – instead of a standard white one.