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HMD Global has already promised Android Oreo for its Nokia smartphones. While it may take some time, the company in fact somewhat teased Nokia 8 with the OS earlier stating that it would roll out the update once it's "perfect." Apart from that, the company had also announced that it would be willing to open up a beta program for interested developers or users.
And guess what? HMD has now announced that Nokia phones beta labs is allowing Nokia 8 users to test Android Oreo before it goes official. In a recent Twitter post, Juho Sarvikas, Chief Product Officer at HMD Global has posted that the Oreo beta builds are available for the Nokia 8. His post further highlights that devices like the Nokia 3, Nokia 5, and Nokia 6 will also be getting the same treatment soon.
The main aim of this beta program is to allow testers to download the Android 8.0 Oreo build, and basically test as well as provide feedback about the software. So the company will take the feedback and it will help the company to create smoother software which will deliver a fluid experience to the larger user base.
If you are interested to join the beta testing program then you will first need a Nokia 8 device. You then have to sign up or register and validate your device's IMEI number and the carrier and the service provider.
Once all the formalities are complete then you will receive the beta update and it will come as an over-the-air (OTA) update. The company will likely roll-out the update within 12 hours after you send the request for the Oreo beta firmware. You can also download the build directly by going to the Settings > About Phone > System Updates.
You can submit your feedbacks with HMD Global using the Feedback app which comes pre-loaded on all Nokia phones. You can also discuss your experiences with other beta testers in the Nokia phones community.
If you are done testing the Android Oreo beta you can always go back to the stable Android Nougat OS by de-registering from the Nokia phones beta labs program which should further bring back your device to the public release channel.
In any case, as of now, the program is limited to Nokia 8 devices, but it shouldn't be long before HMD Global announces Oreo beta builds for other devices as well.