Nokia 7 Plus gets unexpected Android 9 Pie beta build ahead of future stable update

Nokia 7 Plus gets unexpected Android 9 Pie beta build ahead of future stable update
There was a bit of confusion surrounding the stable Android 9 Pie update for HMD Global’s respected Nokia 7 Plus last month, with the air ultimately cleared by Juho Sarvikas’ promise of an official September rollout.

But even though the company’s Chief Product Officer invited beta testers for a “last chance” to help HMD perfect “Android Pie before an official release” way back on August 8, it turns out at least one more experimental build is needed to improve system stability.

A revised Android 9 Pie Developer Preview (version 3.190) is making its way over-the-air to beta program participants as we speak, tipping the scales at a whopping 1.48GB (yup), and bringing to the table Google’s latest security patches, among a few others.

As before, you’re strongly advised to back up your data before downloading this update, which may not run as smoothly as you desire, thus leading to an Android 8.1 Oreo downgrade process wiping up all your personal files and info.

A bunch of cool features are listed in the “What’s new” section of this unexpected Nokia 7 Plus system makeover, although some of them were actually included in earlier public beta builds.

It’s now unclear if HMD will be able to meet its self-imposed September deadline for a (hopefully) stable Android 9 Pie release, but either way, Nokia 7 Plus users can expect a significantly earlier upgrade than owners of many rival flagship handsets. We’re looking at you, Samsung, LG, HTC, Motorola, and Huawei!

source: Android Police

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7 plus
  • Display 6.0" 1080 x 2160 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 16 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Octa-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3800 mAh(19h talk time)



1. meanestgenius

Posts: 21769; Member since: May 28, 2014

The Nokia 7 Plus is the best bang for your buck midrange smartphone currently, IMO. HMD has been doing a fantastic job with their Nokia branded smartphones, and with keeping them updated.

2. Venom

Posts: 3400; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

This is better than most OEMs, but Essential already has the 7 Plus beat with a stable build of Android Pie. It's too bad the 7 Plus isn't coming over to the US market. Money left on the table, Nokia.

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 21769; Member since: May 28, 2014

Essential only has one phone to update. They don't have as vast a portfolio as HMD does. It's the least Essential can do, seeing as how this is their first and possibly last smartphone, as they may go out of business soon, unlike HMD. HMD has also been growing both sales and market share globally in the markets where they are strongest. So it makes sense that those markets are where their primary focus is. And they have around 5 or 6 Nokia branded smartphones that are available in the U.S. right now, so no, no money is being left on the table.

4. Venom

Posts: 3400; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Link to source saying that they are finished or saying that this is the last Essential phone. Derivatives don't count as more than one device especially when some are older and some are just sold in the US from international markets. Not the same. Stop acting like you are personally affected by what I said about them needing to increase their presence in the US, something even Crispin agreed with me on.

5. meanestgenius

Posts: 21769; Member since: May 28, 2014

Derivatives like what's? The Nokia 6, 6.1 and 6.1 Plus? Are you really that daft? Those are all different devices, with different specs. Stop acting like you're personally affected by a Nokia smartphone getting an update because I happen to favor them. And even Crispin agreed with me that HMD (Nokia doesn't make phones anymore, something you still can't seem to wrap your head around) has proven that it doesn't necessarily need the U.S. market to grow sales and market share, because they are proving it.

6. Venom

Posts: 3400; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I'm not personally affected by anything. That's you otherwise we wouldn't be having this argument that you can't win. I'm not going to argue about who Crispin agrees with or not. Unlike you, I'm not afraid to disagree with him. You are the one who is deathly afraid of him. It was funny watching you be timid sucking up to him.

7. meanestgenius

Posts: 21769; Member since: May 28, 2014

You are personally affected by this, as you were triggered by my comment, which is why you made yours. I always win our "arguments", and you being on your 10th account is proof of that. I'm clearly not afraid to disagree with anyone, as evident right now. But you're so afraid of people like Crispin that I can literally hear your knees knocking through my screen whenever he confronts you.

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