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Nokia 8.1 Android Q Beta Hands-on: Major new features demo & impressions

The first OTA Android Q Beta update build for Nokia 8.1 is now available. The time now for our hands-on video of Nokia 8.1 running the Android Q Beta 5. In this video, we have demoed the major changes and features that Android Q brings to Nokia 8.1 and we have also shared our impressions of the update.

All the changes and new features:

The Android Q Beta update brings the new Gesture-based navigation option that does away with even the back and home buttons. Though on Nokia 8.1 you have the option to choose between the new gesture navigation, 2-button navigation of Pie and 3-button navigation of Oreo. Check the video for more.

Digital Wellbeing is enhanced with new “Focus Mode” and “Family link” features. Finally, the system-wide dark mode is here and if you enable it even apps adopt the dark theme if the developer has enabled it on their apps.

There is a smart reply in notifications and also new options to control the priority of notifications.

Click here to read the official list of changes and new features that Android Q update brings.


On Nokia 8.1 the Android Q Beta 5 update runs smoothly and performance is good. But initially, we faced some issues when the device became non-responsive twice. After two restarts our Nokia 8.1 has behaved well and without any freezes/reboots.

Battery life has been similar to what we have been getting with Pie. In case you find other issues/bugs please share in comments below.

Nayan has more than 10 years of experience of covering Technology and innovations. He is a big Nokia fan and Tech disruptions aficionado. He loves to review new cool gadgets and writing about Android, iOS, Gadgets and general Technology stuff. He has been associated with other well-known Tech sites WinCentral and GadgetOx since long. He currently sports a Lumia 950 XL and Nexus 5X. Other interests include listening to Nu-Metal Hits and Kick-Boxing. Write to him at Email: [email protected]