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Go ogle Android Oreo on the Nokia 8

Taking its first bite of Android Oreo 8.0 is the Nokia 8, and with 8 eating 8.0, HMD Global says it ingests "a truly pure and secure version of Android Oreo, packed with the latest features to make content creation and sharing even more fun".

Good news Nokia 8 owners, your long-awaited upgrade to Android 8.0 has finally arrived.

Juho Sarvikas, chief product officer of HMD Global, said: “We’re proud to deliver our pure and secure take of Android 8.0 Oreo on the Nokia 8. We always want to give our fans the best possible Android experience. That’s why we’ve taken the time to test, optimise and refine the platform.

“Working together with our fans under our newly setup Nokia phones beta labs, we’ve created a pure version of this highly anticipated mobile platform, delivering all the exciting new features with none of the unnecessary clutter paired with great performance and even better battery life. Android 8.0 Oreo is packed with new features that make communicating, creating, gaming and exploring even more fun.”

So, what are the features being touted for the OS upgrade?

We start with "always pure, secure and up-to-date Android experience".

We're told that "Nokia 8 delivers a pure version of Android 8.0 Oreo with no skins and no changes in the user interface. And with no pre-installed apps you don’t need or hidden processes that eat up battery life, it guarantees a snappy experience every time you pick up your smartphone. Monthly security updates come as standard to keep your smartphone safe, and give you real peace of mind in the palm of your hand".

Then there are the "super powers that give you the best real-life experiences".

Here's several new features that the Android 8.0 Oreo update on Nokia 8 enables, with HMD Global saying fans can "enjoy new features that will enhance their day-to-day experiences with none of the gimmicks":

  • Picture-in-Picture mode gives you the power to multi-task while the processing power of Nokia 8 ensures the smooth operation of even the most demanding apps. Watch a YouTube clip while chatting with friends or check your bank balance while ordering from Amazon – the Nokia 8 processor ensures smooth operation.
  • No unnecessary apps come pre-installed on Nokia 8 and with Android Instant Apps, you can de-clutter your software even further. Just go to the supported link on Chrome and you’ll be able to use new apps without having to install them. Google Play Protect works to keep your device and data safe from misbehaving apps by scanning over 50 billion apps per day, even the ones you haven't installed yet.
  • Smart software helps the Nokia 8 power up even faster, letting you create content quicker than ever as moments unfold in front of you. Exclusive to Nokia 8, Dual-SightTM mode also enables you to stream your reaction to events on social media in real time, using both the front and back cameras simultaneously.
  • Android Oreo smart features limit background activity on the apps you use least, maximising battery life so your Nokia 8 will be ready for action when you are.
  • Because Nokia 8 stands for self-expression through content creation, fans can now visualise their feelings better than ever before thanks to the fully redesigned set of emojis on Android 8.0 Oreo – more than 60 of them being brand new! Your Nokia 8 will automatically update with Android Oreo. You will receive a notification on your smartphone when it becomes available.

So, if you're left wondering when Android Oreo will be coming to other Nokia smartphones, or at least the ones that HMD Global has produced, then the answer is "soon", with the advice to "stay tuned for updates".


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