HMD Global rolls out Android 8.0 Oreo beta for Nokia 8

Since jumping full-bore into the Android smartphone market with their line of Nokia devices, HMD Global has been impressively taking steps to keep buyers interested in the resurrection of the Nokia brand. The latest example of this comes via a tweet posted earlier today from HMD Global’s Chief Product Officer Juho Sarvikas. He indicates a beta version of the Android 8.0 Oreo update is ready for testing on the Nokia 8 and users willing to help test can sign up to get the update.

To help get real world users into their pipeline for testing Android updates on their devices, HMD Global has created the “Nokia phones beta labs.” Here, users can register to participate in beta testing including the newly minted Android 8.0 Oreo update. The release of the update comes less than two months after HMD Global announced their plans to update all current Nokia smartphones to Android Oreo, not just their higher end devices. When that was announced, Sarvikas declined to provide timeframes, but Google had previously included Nokia on a list of manufacturers expected to rollout the update before the end of the year. Unless something seriously messed up is found by beta testers, it appears the Android Oreo update for the Nokia 8 is on schedule to meet those expectations.

For owners of other Nokia smartphones, including the Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6, Sarvikas indicates they will be added to the new beta labs program.

source: Juho Sarvikas (Twitter)

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Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active an active runner usually training for his next marathon, owns a Mazda MX-5 Miata, and plays Dungeons & Dragons. Jeff has three grown kids and a golden retriever.