Nokia 8 Sirocco is the last year flagship from HMD Global and received the Android 9 Pie update a long time ago. Nokia 8.1 is a mid-range device powered by Snapdragon 710 chipset and runs Android 9 Pie out of the box. The next big update for these flagships is Android Q.
As both devices are Android One, updates are delivered quickly to these devices. Previously, Nokia participated in the Pie Beta program, so this time also Android Q Beta will come to Nokia flagship unless there is a great change.
Google unveiled the first Android Q Beta on March 13th and rolledout to the registered Pixel, Pixel 2 and Pixel 3 users. However, the third Beta will come at I/O 2019 in early-May which is more stable and feature-rich than the current one. So HMD Global might begin the rollout of the Beta for Nokia 8.1 and 8 Sirocco devices in May, 2019. Confirmed roll out dates will be revealed in coming days.
The search giant focused more on privacy features and app permissions in Android Q Beta. The Beta contains refined Battery saver with integrated System-wide Dark mode. Desktop mode is experimental in the First beta but might become full-fledged in the final version.
In previous Android versions, when user gives permission to access Location data to an app, the app can collect the data at any time and send it to its server. But, thanks to optimizations, in Android Q, user can restrict when the app share location data to its server.
In Android Q, many refinements have been made to Bluetooth section, so we can view the options of each connected device and previously connected devices under a sub-menu. Other UI refinements include new Lockscreen, Quick settings and many more.
Custom schedules of DND is one of the big improvements in the first Beta. So users can customize the Do not disturb feature to suit their needs in Android Q.
Update on 4/4/2019 :
The second Beta of Android Q just came out with build number QPP2.190228.021 and also contains April month’s security patch. According to Google’s release notes, the update mainly contains various bugfixes and new features like Bubbles to improve multitasking. The rollout of OTA for Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL has already begun.
The Bubbles feature is a new way to chat and multitask with multiple apps. The feature works with all chat apps like Messages, Whatsapp etc. In Android Q Beta 2 users will see chat heads which float over other apps. So users can access multiple chats across various apps and simultaneously use other apps in the remaining screen real estate. Privacy and security of chat heads have improved over previous android versions. More features of Android Q Beta 2 will be revealed in coming days.
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