It’s been a long time coming, but it’s finally happening. HMD Global has announced the availability of the Nokia 8 Android Pie beta.
Announced by head of product for HMD Global, Juho Sarvikas, on Twitter. The delayed update to Android 9 for the Nokia 8 was acknowledged by Mr Sarvikas earlier this month when he said ‘Unfortunately we still have few issues to address and need a couple of more days to make it perfect’, but it appears those issues are resolved now.
Thank you for your patience. Since you had to wait a bit longer than expected for Android 9 on your Nokia 8, we decided to make an immediate Beta Labs release. Please join us in finalizing the commercial release – your feedback is extremely valuable 🍰https://t.co/siaoX5g3vj pic.twitter.com/s33qsBAgOq
— Juho Sarvikas (@sarvikas) December 11, 2018
While the Nokia 7 Plus has gotten the lions share of attention thanks to its excellent specs and pricing, the Nokia 8 ‘Sirocco’ has quite a bit to offer. Priced at just $699, the phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of on-board storage behind a 5.5″ QHD resolution Plastic OLED display.
The delayed release of Android Pie for the Nokia 8 will soon be forgotten once it’s rolling out in full. HMD Global’s move to use Android One for their handsets technically allows for 2 years of feature updates, so we should hopefully see Android Q when it rolls out next year.