15 May 2019
HMD Global has made a good reputation for itself when to comes to providing software update support to Nokia smartphones. It has been one of the quickest to release monthly security updates as well as major Android upgrades. But if we talk about the Nokia 8, the situation has been quite the opposite. The much-awaited Android Pie update for Nokia 8 users has been delayed and a recent report claimed that it was an intentional delay.
The report emerged from PhoneArena citing an "industry source" claiming that HMD Global has decided to delay the Nokia 8 Android Pie update on purpose. It said that the reason for the intentional delay is to boost the sales of newer devices including the recently launched Nokia 8.1. This new smartphone runs Android 9 Pie out of the box and the report mentions that HMD wants users to go for the new phone with the incentive of running the latest Android version.
It is worth noting that when HMD Global shared an estimated timeline for Android Pie release, it suggested a November release for the Nokia 8. It was even spotted on Geekbench with the newest Android offering but as we know, it is already December and there are no signs of the upgrade's release in near future. All these factors and events made the report sound reasonable but HMD Global has now released an official statement on the situation.
In the statement, HMD Global has clearly mentioned that there has not been any kind of intentional delay. It said that the Nokia 8 Android Pie upgrade is not ready yet and will be released as soon as it becomes ready for the prime time. Here is the complete official statement from the company:
“There is no purposeful delay. As soon as the upgrade to Android Pie is ready and we can be sure that it delivers the best experience for our fans, we will begin the update cycle. We are committed to a pure, secure and up-to-date Android experience which involves rigorous testing to ensure no part of that commitment is compromised.”
In other words, the waiting period for Nokia 8 users is set to continue for the time being. We will keep you updated on the situation or if the update gets rolled out.