A few days ago, HMD Global unveiled the Nokia 6 2018, but the phone is still limited to the Chinese market with the global release expected later this year.
Contrary to what many would have expected, the second generation Nokia 6 comes preinstalled with Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box. Given HMD’s strategy, it would only have added more weight to the case if the phone came with Android Oreo out of the box.
While we here at TAS have yet to get our hands on the Nokia 6 2018 handset, folks at Nokiapoweruser already have. Apparently, when you boot up the phone, you’ll be greeted by an update to Android Oreo. This is more than a welcome idea for fans of the Nokia 6 family and from what it looks like, this could be a stable release.
In addition to getting Oreo, the Nokia 6 2018, which, as noted before, is still a China-exclusive variant, comes with the Google Play Store on board. But as you may have guessed, this support isn’t enabled by default and it requires users to download and install the APK version.
As for those using the OG Nokia 6 in India, there’s also some good news for you. The phone is currently receiving an update to Android Oreo, but it’s in beta. HMD has been testing the Nokia 6 Oreo beta for a while now, but it wasn’t available in India. The update weighs a huge 1.8GB and to check it out, head to Settings>About phone>System update.
Android Oreo brings features such as picture-in-picture, notification dots, Google Play Protect security scans and Autofill passwords. The update also comes with the December 2017 Android security patch. HMD is also expected to roll out an Android Go-based version of Oreo to the Nokia 2, but the specific date remains unknown.