Android 9 Pie update for Nokia 7 Plus enters 'final round of tests'

Android 9 Pie update for Nokia 7 Plus enters 'final round of tests'
HMD Global may not have any Nokia-branded flagship products scheduled for a release by the end of the year, but a couple of upper mid-rangers are expected to break cover next week with Snapdragon 710 processing power.
Given the company’s excellent track record on updates and software support in general, we also wouldn’t be the least bit surprised to see the Nokia 7.1 and 7.1 Plus running Android 9 Pie right off the bat.

Their predecessor, unveiled near the beginning of the year, is still powered by Android 8.1 Oreo, but not for long. In fact, the Nokia 7 Plus seemed destined to become the second non-Pixel device to receive the official Android P promotion just last month, following in the footsteps of the Essential Phone

Ultimately, the OnePlus 6 managed to beat the 6-inch Android One handset to the punch, as the beta program inexplicably continued for the Nokia 7 Plus. Well, we now have an explanation for the delay, as well as a renewed promise of a (relatively) swift upgrade.

According to none other than Juho Sarvikas, HMD’s Chief Product Officer, a couple of “tricky platform specific certification bugs” cropped up at the last minute, leading to an unpleasant setback.

The good news is the company has managed to iron out the kinks, currently running a “final round of tests for quality assurance.” System stability shouldn’t be a problem, based on feedback from the beta channel, so it might only be a matter of days now. Wouldn’t it be nice if the Nokia 7 Plus, 7.1 and 7.1 Plus could simultaneously run the latest, sweetest Android flavor?

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