Of the handsets that HMD Global launched at the Mobile World Congress 2018, the Nokia 7 Plus has remained to be the most talked about. Not only does the handset offer the best value for money for any Nokia device, but it also happens to be the only one that has made a switch to the new Android P software.
Usually, companies prioritize their high-end offerings when it comes to software updates, but HMD did the unusual by including the Nokia 7 Plus, a midranger, in the beta testing program for Android P and not even thinking about the Nokia 8 or the superior Nokia 8 Sirocco. This, coupled with timely software updates and the fact that the phone runs a clean version of Android make up for a good story and indeed, the Nokia 7 Plus is continuing to ice cake.
Nokia 7 Plus Android P update
As pointed out, Nokia 7 Plus already received Android P beta. This means that we are only waiting to see the release of the stable version, probably at the same time when Google releases the update to the Pixel and Pixel 2 phones.
The first Nokia 7 Plus Android P developer preview went live back in May and like the Pixels, it should receive up to five updates before the stable version arrives in Q3/Q4 2018. Well, as of this writing, June 22, the second developer preview has just gone live, about 6 weeks after the Google Pixels got this treat.
In short, we are looking at a similar delay from HMD Global when it comes to rolling out the finished product, meaning this could happen in September or October 2018.
Update [August 8, 2018]: Reports coming from India claim that the Nokia 7 Plus update to Android 9 Pie is up for download. The update is rolling out over the air and weighs about 1.2GB, which is the standard size we expect for a full OS upgrade.
Nokia 7 Android P update
After rolling out Android Oreo to the Nokia 8, Nokia 6 and Nokia 5, HMD Global started rolling out the Nokia 7 Oreo update in China in mid-January 2018. This update installed Android 8.0 Oreo and later in May, the same handset was updated to Android 8.1 Oreo.
Like any other Nokia device from 2017, the Nokia 7 will be upgraded to Android P, but unlike its superior counterpart, there’s no Android P beta. Instead, users of this phone will have to wait for the stable version, which may be released late this year or in early 2019, just like it happened with the Oreo update.
It’s worth noting that the Nokia 7 is exclusive to the Chinese market and as such, those who might be unfortunate to be using the global ROM on the device won’t be receiving this update. In order to get it, you need the China ROM installed, a move that might require help from someone in China to remotely flash the said ROM to the device.
Also, on this page, you’ll mostly find software update news related to the Nokia 7 Plus, which is the model that is available globally.
Nokia 7 Plus update timeline
To keep an eye on all Nokia 7 Plus software updates, this table has a summary of all that you need to know, be it the software’s release date, version or the changelog, all in one place and in chronological order.
|18 July 2018||3.110 | Android P||Android P developer preview 4 (Public Beta 3)|
|21 June 2018||3.08B | Android P||Android P developer preview 3|
|14 June 2018||Android 8.1||June 2018 patch, Vodafone VoLTE support|
|17 May 2018||2.22A | Android 8.1||Android 8.1 Oreo (for variants that had not received the update) May 2018 patch, dual VoLTE, Face Unlock, User interface enhancements, Improved system stability, and multiple bug fixes|
|9 May 2018||Android P||Android P developer preview 1|
|9 April 2018||2.13B | Android 8.1||Android 8.1 Oreo, April 2018 patch, Battery saving navigation buttons, Revamped power menu, New settings menu, and Bluetooth battery percentage|