As of February 13, 2018, which is less than three weeks after opening Android 8.1 beta labs for Nokia 8 users, HMD has started rolling out the stable version of the OS to the handset. It’s rolling out over the air and as usual, you’ll simply have to wait for your turn to receive the OTA notification.
If waiting isn’t part of your DNA, you are free to try a manual upgrade via the Settings > About phone menu. Even if the upgrade isn’t huge in size, it’s recommended that you connect to the internet using a stable Wi-Fi connection. Also keep the Nokia 8 connected to a power source during the process, unless the battery is at least 50% before commencing the upgrade.
Vodafone Australia has, on the week of March 23, 2018, scheduled the Nokia 8 Oreo 8.1 update for testing, which suggests that the OTA update might start rolling out in the coming weeks.
Update [February 10, 2018]: Nokia 8 is currently HMD Global’s flagship phone and as you’d expect, the Finnish company is doing a great job to keep the phone up to the best standards.
For instance, the Nokia 8 is already testing Android 8.1 Oreo beta, which makes it the only non-Google device with this OS at this point in time. On top of this, the company is believed to be planning a slew of updates aimed at making the Nokia 8 even better.
An XDA Developers forum member has recently published a bunch of screenshots with details about what HMD is planning for the Nokia 8 in the near future. Apparently, the company is set to enhance the Glance Screen, a move that should be welcomed by many users of the phone. Furthermore, a future update will also add new gestures and display color profile options.
After the update Nokia 8 users will be able to change the backlight, notifications displayed, activation delay, style of the screen and even add new apps, which is pretty cool and much better than the three supported at the moment. Check out the screenshots below.
HMD is also said to be planning to introduce new gestures for Nokia 8 users. Of course, the fingerprint scanner will be involved and furthermore, users will be able to display or hide the nav bar as well as switch between the cameras with a double twist.
More vibrant display
After the update to Android 8.1 Oreo, Nokia 8 users should also be able to make the display screen more vibrant by choosing from a Standard or Dynamic mode.
Since these options are not available in the stable version of Android 8.0 Oreo on the Nokia 8, it’s only safe to assume that they’ll arrive with the stable update to Oreo 8.1, which shouldn’t be too far away.
Update [January 23, 2018]: HMD Global has opened Android 8.1 Oreo beta program for Nokia 8 users. As usual, you can join the program by heading to the company’s betalabs page.
Update [October 25, 2017]: Nokia has started its beta program for the Android Oreo update for the Nokia 8 now, and you can participate under the program by visiting their betalabs page here. Sign up easily with your Google or Facebook ID, and then continue to validate your phone to let Nokia know that you would want to test the Oreo update for them on your device.
With the Oreo update, you can some great features like picture-in-picture, Autofill, Notification badges, Notification channel, new Settings app, Notification Snooze, instant Apps, etc. stuff.
Download Nokia 8 firmware
- Nokia 8 firmware (1.91 GB, Android 7.1)
To install the firmware on your Nokia 8, simply download the firmware from above, and install it using our Nokia OST firmware installation guide here.
In case you didn’t know, Nokia isn’t the first Android OEM to give us Oreo. Actually, Sony is rolling out Android 8.0 update for their XZ Premium handset, while both Huawei and OnePlus have beta Oreo update out for the OnePlus 3/3T and Mate 9 respectively.