After being in beta for just a few weeks, HMD Global has released the Android Oreo 8.1 update for the Nokia 8. The news of the release came from the company’s Chief Product Officer, Juho Sarvikas, on Twitter:
The news of the release was a bit of a surprise given that the open beta for the 8.1 build only started in late January.
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Owners of the Nokia 8 will want to start checking for an update on the device today. HMD Global, the parent company of Nokia, has released a new update that bringing the recently released February Android Security Update patch to the device. The update is 86.9MB in size, so it is quite small and indicates that essentially it is the security patch a little else for the Nokia 8.
If you have a Nokia 8, you can check for the update by going to Settings>Other>Software Update on the phone. It has just been released so it may take a day or two before it hits all devices.
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Good news for readers who have the Nokia 8 flagship from from HMD Global. The company’s Chief Products Officer, Juho Sarvikas, took to Twitter this morning to make the announcement.
The beauty of the Nokia 8’s Android Oreo update is that it is completely uncluttered with bloatware or skins. It is pure Android, just what the company had indicated they would be doing for all of their devices as Oreo is rolled out.
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Nokia has opened up a beta program for Nokia 8 owners to give the upcoming Android Oreo build a test drive. The news came via Twitter from HMD Global’s Juho Sarvikas. Mr. Sarvikas is the company’s Chief Product Officer.
As a general rule, once these types of major updates hit the public beta realm, they are pretty well baked. But, the keyword here is “beta”. There are likely still bugs to be found and other issues so if you are not comfortable with that, don’t download the update. For those that do and find it unstable to the point of needing to revert back to Nougat 7.1.1, Nokia has confirmed that you will be able to do it.
Full details on how to join the beta can be found on the Nokia Beta Labs site.
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HMD Global, the company that owns the rights to the Nokia name, has confirmed that all of their current devices will be getting updated to Android P when it is available in 2018. It is a bold statement given that the company is just now starting to roll out Android Oreo to the Nokia 8, their flagship.
The announcement came during the Nokia 8 launch event held in the Philippines yesterday and it was made clear it would be not just for the 8, but for the Nokia 3, 5 and 6 too.
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Nokia has been clear that all of their current line up of devices, the Nokia 3, 5, 6 and 8, would be receiving an update to Android Oreo. The question, as is always the case with manufactures, was when that would happen. Now we know and it is this year.
In an interview today, HMD Global’s General Manager for ANZ (Australia and New Zealand), Mark Trundle confirmed that the Nokia 3, 5 and 6 will get getting the Oreo update before the end of the year. As for the Nokia 8, the Android Oreo update is already in a limited rollout.
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A few weeks back, HMD’s Juho Sarvikas tweeted that the entire Nokia lineup would be getting updated to Android Oreo in late 2017 through early 2018. Now Mr. Sarvikas, the Chief Product Officer for the company, has tweeted a couple of images of the Nokia 8 being updated to Oreo.
While it would be great to see this update out for everyone, it is quite encouraging to see Nokia being transparent about their update process and the fact they actually have a running beta for their flagship device.
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