Last month, HMD Global kicked off a beta software program for its flagship smartphone, the Nokia 8, to let users try out an early version of Android Oreo. At the time, the company promised that a stable release will be rolled out to the device before the end of this year. Sticking to its promise, the company has announced the stable roll-out of Android Oreo for the Nokia 8.
Juho Sarvikas, Chief Product Officer at HMD Global, announced in a tweet that the company has begun rolling out Android Oreo to Nokia 8 devices. The roll-out is phased over 2 days, so it might take some time for the new update to reach all devices. Nonetheless, if you’re sporting a Nokia 8, keep an eye out for the Android Oreo OTA.
— Juho Sarvikas (@sarvikas) November 24, 2017
The update carries build number V4.35J and is 1518.1 MB in size. According to the update changelog, all the standard Android 8.0 Oreo features are included in the update including picture-in-picture mode, notification dots, Autofill Framework, and faster boot times. Moreover, the update also brings along the November security update which patches the WiFi KRACK exploit.
Apart from the Nokia 8, other devices such the Nokia 6, Nokia 5, Nokia 3, as well as the entry-level Nokia 2 are also confirmed to receive an update to Android Oreo. While the company hasn’t given an exact timeline for the Android Oreo roll-out for these devices, it looks like work is already in progress for some of them. In a separate tweet, Mr. Sarvikas confirmed that the mid-range Nokia 6 and Nokia 5 will be the next in line to receive Android Oreo, adding that they will soon be added to the company’s Beta Labs program.
Whether it’s keeping up with monthly security updates or Android’s major platform updates, HMD Global has done a great job at providing timely software support to its Nokia lineup and we really hope that the company will continue doing the same in the future as well.