You can blame many companies for the sorry state of Android affairs, starting with Google and most veteran smartphone manufacturers, but industry rookie HMD Global has certainly done its part to help end or at least reduce software fragmentation.
The time has quickly come for the Finnish company’s official beta labs to reopen their doors and accept all Nokia 5 users keen to preview Android 8.0 Oreo goodies in exchange for providing feedback and identifying bugs.
#AndroidOreo for #Nokia5 has landed on Nokia phones beta labs! Android has never tasted sweeter.
What's more, Android 8.0 Oreo™ beta for #Nokia6 is coming soon! https://t.co/91uhqstnnm pic.twitter.com/0slgeNbfdC
— Juho Sarvikas (@sarvikas) December 12, 2017
Right now, you can probably look forward to finished, fully polished UI enhancements, general performance improvements and security patches ready to hit the Nokia 5 OTA around the world in mere weeks.
That could mean a modest 5.2-incher with 720p screen resolution, 2GB RAM and a Snapdragon 430 processor will be able to run Google’s latest major OS release ahead of several super-high-end models from market-leading OEMs. In the meantime, of course, HMD is also preparing a number of new smartphones, all of which are expected to come powered by Oreo (possibly, 8.1) out the box.