Nokia 8 Sirocco receives tardy but welcome Android 9.0 Pie update
Despite being the closest thing the revived brand has to a flagship (for now), the Nokia 8 and Nokia 8 Sirocco were unable to leave Android Oreo behind as fast as the lower-end Nokia 7 Plus, 6.1, 6.1 Plus, and 7.1 managed the feat.
But the “regular” Nokia 8 finally kicked off its stable Android 9.0 rollout last month, and today the Nokia 8 Sirocco follows suit. The beautiful Snapdragon 835 handset’s owners are seeing their patience rewarded with a full-featured Pie goodie pack, including App Actions, Slices, Adaptive Battery, new system navigation based on predictions and suggestions, as well as Digital Wellbeing functionality.
Consequently, NokiaPowerUser reports the update tips the scales at almost 1.4GB, making its way over-the-air as we speak to a first batch of users, with future waves set to spread the love around the world in a matter of days.
Unfortunately, the Nokia 8 Sirocco was never officially released in the US, where the brand’s most powerful phone is still the $349 Snapdragon 636-based Nokia 7.1.
As part of the growing Android One family, the Nokia 8 Sirocco essentially delivers a “pure Google” software experience, which now includes App Timers, Wind Down, and Do Not Disturb features meant to help you spend less time on your phone, as well as a Dashboard providing a complete look at usage habits and patterns. Oh, and December 2018 security patches are also baked in.