Nokia has only recently been in the Android game (now under the tutelage of HMD Global) following a long stint with Windows OS, but they are taking software updates seriously. Following the Nokia 6, a decent mid-ranger, the flagship Nokia 8 started shipping in the UK this month with 7.1.1 Nougat. HMD’s Juho Sarvikas, Chief Product Officer, recently posted a tweet confirming that they are already hard at work readying Android Oreo for the Nokia 8, strongly hinting at a release sometime this year.
“We are on it,” Sarvikas wrote.
Similar to the Essential Phone, the Nokia 8 runs stock Android, with only its camera software offering some modified tweaks. This lack of a third party skin will go a long way to ensure timely security and software updates, something other large OEM’s often fail at. In addition to the tweet, Sarvikas posted a couple of pictures showing a Nokia 8 ready to upgrade to Android Oreo Beta (at 1.3 GB), further reinforcing the probability of an imminent update. HMD has also confirmed that the rest of their Android portfolio will get upgraded to Oreo as well.
You can buy a Nokia 8 unlocked for £499 in the UK (or import it to the US for as low as £416 from UK retailer Clove), with availability soon expanding in Europe and Asia. It’s also expected to officially reach US shores at some point.
source: Juho Sarvikas (Twitter)