Nokia 8 kicks off highly anticipated Android 9 Pie rollout

Nokia 8 kicks off highly anticipated Android 9 Pie rollout
Seeing as how the lower-end Nokia 7.1, 6.1, 6.1 Plus, and 7 Plus have already been upgraded to the stable Android 9.0 version, you could say users of last year’s upper mid-range Nokia 8 were left waiting for a fairly long time for their own delicious slice of Pie.

That wait is now over, according to HMD Global Chief Product Officer Juho Sarvikas on Twitter, as the “phased” rollout of Android 9 Pie is officially underway just a week after impatient users were rewarded with a previously unplanned public beta build.

Clearly, whatever bugs made the global Nokia brand licensee break its November delivery promise were already ironed out, and HMD merely wanted to ensure the update was as silky smooth as it could be.

It’s important to keep in mind these things usually take time to spread their wings around the world, so although the Nokia 8’s stable Android Pie rollout is beginning today, you may need to remain patient a little while longer.

Don’t forget that there are companies around (cough, Samsung, cough) which have yet to update a single phone to the newest Android flavor. Besides, this delay wasn’t that bad, and something tells us the Nokia 8 Sirocco will also jump on the Pie bandwagon soon enough.

As the Nokia 8 is not an Android One product, its user interface could theoretically be modified from Google’s stock vision. But all in all, you’re probably looking at a fairly standard set of Android 9 tweaks, add-ons, and enhancements. We mean that in the best way, mind you, as there’s a lot to like about the “vanilla” new OS, from Adaptive Battery and Adaptive Brightness functionality to intuitive navigation, various notification improvements, security upgrades, and so on.

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1. meanestgenius

Posts: 22718; Member since: May 28, 2014

So much for HMD withholding the Android 9 Pie update from the Nokia 8 to boost sales for the Nokia 8.1, like what was erroneously said in a rumor. HMD has a better update track record than most. It's also good that they didn't release the Pie update to the Nokia 8 before ironing out those bugs / issues, unlike some OEM's.

2. lallolu

Posts: 734; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

Nokia/HMD FTW!

3. Venom

Posts: 3936; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Nokia is just slightly behind the X4 because it already has the Pie update along with the Essential phone, which received Pie right around the time of release. It's great to see that they are finally getting the Pie update available. Now if they could only get more devices to the US.

4. meanestgenius

Posts: 22718; Member since: May 28, 2014

HMD isn’t behind the X4 because there are Nokia branded smartphones that have already had Pie before the Nokia 8, like the Nokia 7 Plus. It’s also better that they waited to get the issues fixed, as opposed to launching it with issues like Essential did. What good was their beta test?

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