Nokia 8 gets better with Android 8.1 Oreo

According to the information received by NokiaPowerUser from their retail sources in India, HMD Global is going to launch Nokia 1, Nokia 6 (2018), and, Nokia 9 (which is also called Nokia 8 Sirocco) in the country from April onwards. For the unaware, Google released the Android 8.1 Oreo update to its Pixel and Nexus devices back at the end of December 2017. HMD started selling Nokia phones in December of 2016 and in January of 2017, the company announced their first Nokia-branded smartphone, the Nokia 6.

HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, today announces that the Nokia 2 will be available in United Kingdom starting 26 February from Amazon, Argos, Carphone Warehouse, EE, John Lewis and Tesco. It also comes with various core Android features such as Neural Networks API, Autofill framework updates, and a SharedMemory API.

Android 8.1 comes with numerous changes over Android 8.0.

If you are already a member of the Nokia beta labs, your phone will automatically receive the Android 8.1 beta OTA update notification.

The most important markets for Nokia in Q4 2017 were the United Kingdom, where it's among the three most popular smartphone sellers. The company is expected to unveil a range of new Nokia-branded Android smartphones.

It sports a dual camera system on the rear, which comprises of a 13-megapixel RGB sensor and a 13-megapixel Monochrome sensor, and supports Optical Image Stabilisation, laser and phase detection autofocus and dual-LED flash. It is powered by Snapdragon 630 chipset, backed with 3GB of RAM and a 3000mAh battery fuels the device.

HMD Global is expected to bring a new version of the Nokia 8, called Nokia 8 Sirroco edition at MWC 2018 later this month.

Launched in September past year with Android 7.1.1 Nougat, the Nokia 8 received an update to Android 8.0 in November.

  • Valerie Cook