Nokia 8 scores Android 9 Pie beta update to reward your patience

Since the somewhat surprising rebirth of the Nokia brand, the 2016-founded company in charge of marketing and selling these increasingly popular phones basically played all its software support cards right.

But in addition to issues delaying the release of the high-end Nokia 9 PureView, the brand was recently rumored to be withholding certain updates to boost the sales numbers of the already Pie-powered Nokia 8.1.

After firmly refuting the speculation, the new “home of Nokia phones” is today rolling out Android 9 goodies for the Nokia 8, but only as part of a public beta program. That means you can now sample Google’s delicious Pies on the fall 2017-released 5.3-incher, with bugs and general system instability likely to still be a part of the equation however.

This should also put all gossip to rest regarding the main reason behind the delay of an update initially scheduled for November. HMD Global, the exclusive global Nokia brand licensee, has no intention to hinder in any way the user experience on its new and old devices.

As Chief Product Officer Juho Sarvikas explained on Twitter a few days ago, the Nokia brand remains committed to pushing updates “as fast as possible”, but alas, sometimes the unforeseen happens. 

“Each chipset family and each product in it requires dedicated work”, which appears to be taking more time as far as the Nokia 8 is concerned for some reason. Is an “immediate Beta Labs release” enough to make up for that? If not, something tells us the final Android 9 Pie update is around the corner anyway.

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1. rkoforever90

Posts: 466; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

So the news about pie updates delay for Nokia 8.1 sales pitch was fake

2. joshuaswingle

Posts: 641; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

That was about the final Android Pie release, not the beta version.

4. meanestgenius

Posts: 22290; Member since: May 28, 2014

It was a rumor that had no evidence to back it up other than speculation.

7. Venom

Posts: 3732; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

The 8.1 sales pitch may have ultimately been disproven, but time has proven where there's smoke, there's fire.

9. meanestgenius

Posts: 22290; Member since: May 28, 2014

Again, it was a rumor that had zero merit since there was no evidence to back it up, despite what some uninformed individuals here have to say.

11. Venom

Posts: 3732; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Just because it's not being delayed for the Nokia 8.1 sales pitch doesn't mean that it still can't be delayed. That's the point I was trying to make that seemed to have been misunderstood by someone.

13. meanestgenius

Posts: 22290; Member since: May 28, 2014

But the whole point was to disprove that it wasn’t delayed for the 8.1 to get more sales. Stop moving the goalpost and backtrack to try and justify your statement.

15. Venom

Posts: 3732; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I'm not moving the goalpost back. I'm simply saying that the Pie update could still be delayed since it hasn't been released yet.

17. meanestgenius

Posts: 22290; Member since: May 28, 2014

You are moving the goalpost back, and now you’re backtracking and reaching for any excuse, especially since it has Pie now via a beta.

19. Venom

Posts: 3732; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

You're the only one who is saying that. I just said that it could still be delayed for other reasons.

21. meanestgenius

Posts: 22290; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lol, you have said it before, and you’ve inferred it before as well.

3. djripster

Posts: 141; Member since: Dec 10, 2011

Has the Nokia 8 Sirocco already been updated ? Or is this just for the Nokia 8

5. meanestgenius

Posts: 22290; Member since: May 28, 2014

Neither has been updated yet. HMD is still ironing out the kinks.

6. meanestgenius

Posts: 22290; Member since: May 28, 2014

I can dig this. Release the update as a beta (especially since those rumors were about) which will also show people the issues that HMD needed to fix with the update to begin with. This way people can see that HMD was not intentionally delaying the update and show the there were indeed real issues. I find this better than releasing it under the guise that it's a finished update, only to have so many issues be a surprise to the user. As a beta, you know that there are issues.

8. Venom

Posts: 3732; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Essential did beta tests of Pie well before it was officially rolled out, so I don't understand what the reason for the delay is.

10. meanestgenius

Posts: 22290; Member since: May 28, 2014

It’s great that HMD has released this Android Pie beta to get all the kinks out and have it thoroughly tested, as opposed to launching Android 9 Pie with issues because it wasn’t thoroughly tested like Essential did, despite them having a beta.

12. Venom

Posts: 3732; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Let me say it again because I believe my comment was lost in meaning by some people. Essential released beta versions of Pie to users that wanted to test it out before they released the full version of Pie. Nokia hasn't even done a beta test iirc, so I don't understand what the hold up is. Even the Moto X4 is getting the Pie update as we speak.

14. meanestgenius

Posts: 22290; Member since: May 28, 2014

No one lost any meaning to your comment. As usual, you took a shot at HMD, but it backfired, because even though Essential had a Pie beta and it launched Pie on the ONE phone it has struggled with before HMD did, it still launched with issues, and that was AFTER they had a beta. What was the use of the beta if they still didn’t get it right? Nokia hasn’t done a beta test, because Nokia DOES NOT make smartphones anymore. HMD makes Nokia branded smartphones now, and they have indeed done betas for their smartphones, with the Nokia 7 Plus and 6.1 Plus being two that beta tests were done for. Once again, you’ve proven that you lack knowledge about what you choose to speak negatively about, something I’ve already proven on another recent HMD article.

16. Venom

Posts: 3732; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

"Nokia hasn't even done a beta test iirc," Keyword here is "iirc" meaning that I wasn't completely sure if they have done a beta release or not. Calm down, it's not that serious. I don't care if it's the only phone they have. It still got updated. You seem to use that as a crutch to discredit Essential just because they aren't sitting around on the Pie update like Nokia is. You are clearly overreacting over something that isn't even that serious.

18. meanestgenius

Posts: 22290; Member since: May 28, 2014

You weren’t “completely sure” because you didn’t bother do do any research before making your false statement. You just thought that you’d say it and it would stick, and no one would contest it. Now stop getting so excited and triggered because it’s me that once again corrected you on what you don’t know about Nokia branded smartphones, just like I’ve been doing on another article. I don’t care if Essentials ONE smartphone got updated first. What good is being first if it’s first with a plethora of issues in tow? And even after doing a beta at that. You seem to be deflecting from that fact in order to give Essential some credit. You are clearly triggered and looking for any excuse to bash HMD, even though they have at least 3 smartphones on Pie right now. You need to calm down, because it’s not that serious.

20. Venom

Posts: 3732; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

You always have something to say as if you don't want to be wrong. It doesn't work that way. I didn't think anything, so stop making stuff up. I'm not the one who continues to get emotional over a few comments on Nokia articles. Just let it go. You're going on about Essential knowing that you have never even experienced an Essential phone and you only do it just because you perceive my comments as being negative against Nokia.

22. meanestgenius

Posts: 22290; Member since: May 28, 2014

Except I’m not wrong in this instance. You didn’t do your due diligence, and I pointed it out. You thought what you said would stick, and I shattered those dreams like so much glass. You always have something negative to say about Nokia branded smartphones, even at the expense of being wrong. It’d be hilarious if it wasn’t so pathetic. You keep getting triggered every time a Nokia branded smartphone article is posted, and then you get even more triggered when you get proven wrong by the facts, especially when it’s me that’s proving you wrong. Just let it go and stop trolling what you don’t like. You’re going on about Nokia smartphones knowing that you’ve never used one or owned one, and you only do it troll Nokia because I favor them. Everyone knows this about you.

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