Just a couple of months after releasing the public build of Android 8.0 Oreo update for the Nokia 8, HMD Global has now started rolling out Android 8.1 Oreo beta update to the users of Nokia 8.
Juho Sarvikas, the Chief Product Officer at HMD Global, has announced through Twitter that they would begin testing the Android 8.1 Oreo beta update starting with the Nokia 8. This beta release of Android 8.1 for the Nokia 8 makes HMD Global one of the first OEMs to roll out this Oreo Maintenance Release to the non-Google devices.
This new beta version of the Android update is about 1.55GB in size and can be downloaded through Wi-Fi only. While there are no major changes in this update, it comes with optimized battery performance, Bluetooth battery percentage display, redesigned settings as well as fixed hamburger emoji. Further, the company has also included the latest January Android security patch.
The update is being rolled out through Nokia’s Beta Labs Program — a program which enables users to test public beta version of upcoming Android updates from the company. The program was started with the Nokia 8 with Android 8.0 Oreo beta update which was released as an official update a month later.
Nokia 8, having a 5.3-inch display, is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, comes with 4GB RAM and packs 64GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 256GB via a microSD card. As for the cameras, it features a 13-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 13-megapixel front shooter. The Nokia 8 is powered by a 3090mAh non-removable battery.
While most of the smartphone manufacturers are still struggling to provide Android 8.0 Oreo update, HMD Global has now started releasing beta builds of Android 8.1 Oreo — making it one of the few companies to be at the front when it comes to software updates.