HMD Global’s push for dominance in the smartphone industry through the renowned Nokia is partly reliant on timely software updates and so far, the Finnish company hasn’t disappointed.
Towards the end of October, the Nokia 8 started testing Android Oreo beta and a month later, the stable version was ready for all users of the phone to download and install. When the stable version rolled out to the Nokia 8, HMD Global promised that those using the Nokia 7, Nokia 6, Nokia 5, Nokia 3 and the still new Nokia 2 will also receive the Oreo update.
At the time, it wasn’t clear whether the phones will be directly updated to Android Oreo without going through the Nokia phone beta labs, but as it appears, this is the channel that Nokia devices will be going through before receiving stable OS upgrades.
According to Juho Sarvikas, who is HMD Global’s CPO, those using the Nokia 5 are now welcome to join the Android Oreo beta testing program. While most people expected the Nokia 6 or even the Nokia 7 to be the next in line to receive the Oreo treat after the Nokia 8, it’s obvious that HMD had other ideas. On the brighter side, the Nokia 6 Android Oreo beta is “coming soon” to the beta labs. Even though “coming soon” could mean anything from days to months, we don’t expect this to take long, probably before the end of this year.
#AndroidOreo for #Nokia5 has landed on Nokia phones beta labs! Android has never tasted sweeter.
What's more, Android 8.0 Oreo™ beta for #Nokia6 is coming soon! https://t.co/91uhqstnnm pic.twitter.com/0slgeNbfdC
— Juho Sarvikas (@sarvikas) December 12, 2017
As pointed out earlier, it took HMD about a month to test and release Android Oreo for Nokia 8 users. If anything, the story shouldn’t be different with the Nokia 5, but at this point in time, we don’t have any specific dates as to when Oreo will be released to all users of the phone.
Note that like any other beta software, this version of Oreo isn’t stable and as such, you might encounter a myriad of performance issues, including crashing apps, lags and other bugs – all of which should be fixed before the stable version is rolled out. So, if you are okay with working with such unstable software, feel free to hit the source link below to enroll your Nokia 5 into the Oreo beta program.
Update: As promised, Nokia 6 has now joined the Oreo beta program. Visit the same Nokia beta labs website to subscribe.
#Nokia6 is now joining the #AndroidOreo beta. Subscribe to #Nokiamobilebetalabs to get the update and help us to make the official release just right! https://t.co/91uhqstnnm pic.twitter.com/78C0ywtNfa
— Juho Sarvikas (@sarvikas) December 19, 2017