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Spark introduces Kiwis to Android One

Spark has announced that it will be the first to bring Google’s Android One programme to New Zealand shores through Nokia’s newest additions to Android smartphones. 

The first to launch is the new Nokia 6.1 which is available from today, followed by the Nokia 7 plus from May 22. Both devices come with a free set of Jaybird Headphones when a customer purchases 24-month interest-free on eligible Spark pay monthly plans.

Spark GM of customer and marketing Richard Sandford says that the Nokia 7 plus and Nokia 6.1 offer something that even phones twice their price doesn’t have, a redeveloped software that delivers an uncluttered operating system, giving customers an easy personalised experience, set and delivered directly from Google. 

Sandford says, “We know fans have been holding out for Android One to arrive after Google announced their partnership with Nokia at the World Mobile Congress last month. 

“Through our exclusive partnership, we can give Kiwis access to the best Android experience possible.”

Android powers 85% of phones around the world and most manufacturers customise their Android experience to their own brand’s needs, meaning a user’s experience on Android vary greatly from device to device. What this also means is that software updates and security patches are delivered to the customer at different times, depending on the manufacturer.

Sandford continues, “The speed and frequency of software updates are probably one of the unique features the Nokia 7 plus and Nokia 6.1 offers to our customers. 

“The Android One programme provides the most consistent, clutter-free and up-to-date version of Android available to date, meaning customers can rest assured knowing that their device is secure and running as efficiently as it can.”

New Zealand and Australia country manager for HMD Global Mark Trundle says “Nokia 7 plus is a true hero in our smartphone range. 

“We know our fans are capturing, watching, exploring, working and gaming on their mobile phones more than ever before. 

“That’s why we've designed the Nokia 7 plus to be your stylish companion that goes wherever you go. It also is the first Nokia smartphone to have artificial intelligence led imaging features, making your already great selfie even better.”

Also as part of the Android One family, the new Nokia 6.1 provides powerful performance with great new features into a compact, durable body.

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