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