Nokia 6.1 Plus users can now beta-test Android 9.0 Pie update
Curiously enough, the Nokia 7.1 is set to make its commercial debut later this month running Android 8.1 Oreo out the box, although a Pie-flavored UI renovation shouldn’t be too far away.
Meanwhile, HMD solemnly vowed to start the Android 9.0 rollouts for the Nokia 6.1 and 6.1 Plus in October as well, followed by the Nokia 8 and 8 Sirocco in November.
The first of these four handsets to get a taste of Google’s delicious pies is the Nokia 6.1 Plus, but unsurprisingly, we’re merely talking about a public beta build here. The company’s second phone (of three so far) to adopt a divisive notch is now an official part of the Android 9 Pie beta labs program.
It’s simple to join a growing community of software update testers, helping create the “smoothest and purest Nokia phones experience” while getting the chance to preview a generally well-reviewed OS that very few people are able to run at the moment.
There’s obviously no word on how long Nokia 6.1 Plus owners will need to wait for a fully polished update, but it’s probably a matter of weeks now. A month or two, tops. Unfortunately, this extremely respectable Snapdragon 636-powered 5.8-incher is still nowhere to be found stateside. On the bright side, the very similar Nokia 7.1 is ready to ship soon.