HMD Global continues to be one of the manufacturers to offer Android Q early releases to its users. Last year it was Nokia 7 Plus which got access to Android P beta. The Nokia 8.1 is this year’s participant to the Android Q beta builds.
Interested users can proceed to Nokia Developer website to download the build. The build (4011) is currently only available for sideloading via the recovery mode. HMD Global will offer Android Q updates via OTA in the future. Similarly, a downgrade package to come back to Android Pie is not yet available. They aim to have it available by 16th of May.
Before you proceed, you might wanna have a look at the currently known bugs (in buid 4_011). Here’s a quick look (source: Nokia Community).
- UI – Camera Launcher icon missing
- Feature – Gestures not fully integrated
- APNs – APNs may not be automatically applied upon inserting SIM card – Need to be manually inserted
- UI – Network signal bar flashes and may appear unsteady (This is only a UI issue, not actual signal representation)
- Camera (Snapdragon) – Colour mode may be intermittent
- Camera (Snapdragon) – App may auto exit when pressing Face Tracking several times
- Camera (Snapdragon) – Camera may auto exit after selecting Pause and Stop whilst in camcorder mode
- Settings – Duplicate ring tones in alarm settings
- Motion feature – Motion support is missing i.e turn over to reject call/volume quiet on pickup/Direct all & answer/Smart alert etc
- Settings – Date/Time is not displayed correctly when using Network time support
- Settings – Default alert and alarm volume may be too loud
- Photos – Intermittently may not be able to display images/video which are saved on SD card
- Fingerprint – Fingerprint icon may sometimes not be visible on lock screen when assigned fingerprint lock/unlock
- Messaging – Cannot receive SMS if using CMCC SIM card