We told you that Nokia 8 will directly upgrade to Android Oreo via our sources. Before this HMD CPO Juho Sarvikas had posted screenshots of what looked like Android Oreo Beta for Nokia 8. This teaser was met with requests of an Android Beta program from many Nokia fans.
The good news is that HMD has now decided to offer the Android Oreo Beta program to Nokia 8 owners. The Beta program will allow enthusiasts to have Oreo before others on their devices. At the same time feedback provided by the Nokia 8 owners will help in refining the Oreo update.
Join the Android Oreo beta by visiting this beta labs link. Yes, Beta Labs! This name must have rung some bells if you are a Nokia fan. The original Nokia Beta Labs has been behind many innovations that now are copied and showcased by likes of Apple, Google and others.
Android Oreo is a significant update that brings many new features and also a number of improvements in the Android user experience. In case you want to read and watch all new Android Oreo features and changes in action, you can check our article with hands-on demo video here.
Full Press Release:
Today we launch Nokia phones beta labs. Listening to our fans is essential for us, and our lab is the embodiment of that collaboration.
Bringing together a collective of enthusiasts, our Nokia phones beta labs are designed to give early adopters a voice in how we shape experiences, giving us direct feedback on the user experience of new platforms.
Our first experience for users to try will be Android Oreo beta testing on Nokia 8 phones. It’s a first look so it may not be perfect, but the participation of some of our fans will help us shape, hone and iron out glitches before we launch.
We engineer our phones to achieve more for our fans so their feedback is invaluable; it’s great to bring them along on our journey and give some of them the first chance to experience.
Please remember only Nokia 8 users will be able to sign-up and trial the Android Oreo beta testing. nokia.com/phones/betalabs