HMD: We’ve listened, we’ve taken action and we will soon roll out official Android Oreo

HMD’s CPO Juho Sarvikas announced on Twitter that HMD collected valuable feedback and implemented necessary changes to Android Oreo for Nokia 8, thanks to the participants of the Beta Labs program. Juho said that over 2000 Nokia 8 users joined the beta, and that HMD is ready for a soon Android Oreo rollout for everyone. By everyone, I think he means for everyone owning a Nokia 8, but there are some good news for owners of other Nokia smartphones, too.



In a reply to the question about Android Oreo beta program for other Nokia Android smartphones, like the 3, 5 or 6, HMD’s CPO said: “Yep, [we are] almost there!” I don’t really know if “soon” is closer (in regards to time) compared to “almost there”, but owners of all Nokia Android smartphones will have (and we already do) the luxury of receiving and testing future updates, and in a highly-fragmented Android world, this is a brave and excellent move by HMD.

  • EricLovesSymbian

    EricLovesSymbian says:

    Hey! Let’s see if you listen to things stated on this site by myself and many others.

    Let’s see if they roll out with Android 8.1 which has several new and crucial features that will make these small batteries last longer.
    Hopefully they will give the phones the updates simultaneously, so this fragmentation thing becomes a non issue.

    Along with that, give us a bunch of Nokia specials! Since y’all won’t include it in the pure Android version of the Nokia Android phones, perhaps having Nokia make native apps we can download from the Google play store would be much appreciated! Make Nokia calendar, Nokia file manager, Nokia calculator, Nokia weather app, Nokia smart dialer, Nokia text message app, Nokia optimizations and themes, and so on…

    So whomever wants to download them, can. And those that want simple basic bland Android, can keep it.

    Nevertheless, I have posted in thorough detail here, on Jay’s site, on the HMD link they gave me a while back, via email (although for other things), and …. I dunno…

    I write all this stuff and it gets no where it seems.
    What’s the point ? Perhaps a braindead mindless comment like yeah, totally cool, and awesome sauce or no way dude, or lol or some other one word comment would be better…

    • Agree completely with you, but they are limited in multiple ways at the moment.
      They could be more active on the Forum and give some comment about the feedback, and it seems to me to be merely a manpower issue. By the way, the Nokia Mobile Care team is top notch, in my experience.

      Oreo will probably go from the top to the bottom (i.e. from 8 to 2), and if they cannot do it simultaneously, I think that’s a fair way to do it. The update to 8.1 will be much easier than from 7.1 to 8.0, so it’s reasonable to expect it fairly soon after everyone receives Oreo.

      For next year, they need to work more on software, because the current hardware lineup is, honestly, above my expectations for a new company. Hiring more engineers that will create exclusive content for Nokia is the next stage, in my opinion. But first, leaving a string footprint in key markets is probably the goal.
      They did a great logistical and support job in India and other places, and I think we are now in the phase of expansion. After that, hopefully a time for more good and usable software features will come. 🙂

      • EricLovesSymbian

        EricLovesSymbian says:

        Thank you for being unbiased and open minded.
        Sometimes, I may vent and write in a pessimistic manner, but my intentions are good.
        Someone once told me, “Eric, people should listen to what you say, not how you say it” …

        Being in the medical field, I sometimes talk to patients in a way that it may seem condescending or brutally honest, but at the same time, I conduct the most amount of blood work and referrals to specialists and conduct food audits and …

        Nevertheless, people like yourself that take the time to read what I have to say (understand it, see why I said, and apply it to the betterment of Nokia) and write a reply, show how intelligent and capable you are as a writer and reviewer.

        I am very grateful to love Nokia for referring me to this wonderful site.

        It is a pleasure to read your articles and your responses.

        I honestly look forward to seeing Nokia take the top or top third spot globally. (Apple and Samsung, and Xiaomi and Huawei, are juggernauts in the phone industry).

        Best of luck to Nokia and all of us.

        – Eric

    • The best thing that HMD did is forcing the Mediatek to speed up the updates for the processor Nokia 3 is using. If they will push Oreo on Nokia 3 in the next month or so, that will be huge.

      I agree that Nokia should hire more developers to make some specific apps that will be available at Google Play store and that you will be able to install if needed.

      Next year will be interesting to follow.

  • Stinger

    Nokia is going to be so strong in 2018.

    • EricLovesSymbian

      EricLovesSymbian says:

      I hope so.
      I’m looking forward to being amazed by the Nokia 9 and all other phones Nokia will come out with (globally – not just China) in 2018…

      I can’t wait to hear stories of how Nokia is outselling Xiaomi and Huawei and OPPO and honestly, if they become number 4 in the US and displace ZTE, that’d be an incredible feat.

      As it stands, I believe it was apple, Samsung, LG, then ZTE. But then again, ZTE makes countless unlocked phones and they subsidize their phones for around $100 bucks or so with specs that flagships used to have a couple years earlier.

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