Where is Android 8.1??

Just bought my Nokia 8 Sirocco and was excited to have the top flagship Nokia Android device. It's surely an upgrade from my previous Nokia 8.

Where is Android 8.1??

System System
✭✭  /  edited May 2018
Just bought my Nokia 8 Sirocco and was excited to have the top flagship Nokia Android device. It's surely an upgrade from my previous Nokia 8.

However my excitement just stopped and died the moment I realized that the latest update is Android 8.0 on the February patch!!

Not sure what's going on but it doesn't make sense. My Nokia 8 is already on 8.1 and has the April patch.. but my Nokia 8 Sirocco doesn't ?!?!

Is anyone else getting this? Is there a fix? The whole idea I bought into the Nokia ecosystem was for it's quick fast monthly updates.. but this kills it. I really hope my purchase didn't go to waste..


  • Hi, I am in Hong Kong and have the same problem with the Nokia 8 Sirocco - Android 8.0 and February security patch. I have tried the chat line and was told these updates and patches were country and network provider dependent. When I told them this is not as promised I was asked to wait a few more days. 

    I am curious if anyone in Hong Kong eith either the Nokia 8 or the 8 Sirocco and has received the update to 8.1 and the latest patch - if so please let me know the mobile company you are using?

  • Unknown
     /  edited April 2018
    Причина в том что у вас не глабальная версия устройства . Первые продажу начал Китай и в итоге там нет глобальной прошивки и из-за этого у вас и проблемы с обновлением! Лично я жду глобальную версию , чтобы избежать данной ситуации !
  • Unknown
     /  edited April 2018
    Thanks for explanation, I will check with Nokia and see what they say:

    "The reason is that you do not have a global version of the device. The first sale began in China and as a result there is no global firmware and because of this you have a problem with the update! Personally, I'm waiting for the global version to avoid this situation!"
  •  Same here no 8.1... 

  • Unknown
     /  edited April 2018
    I do not have 8.1. When it will be?
  • As I remember, there was a promise oft monthly updates. In my old Nokia 6 I got an 8.1 with actual Update, in my Brand New 8 Siroocco a February and no more? Sorry, but I'm a little surprized and des, disapointed...

  •  Nokia Mobile Care


    you for contacting Nokia Mobile Care,


    have released the Android 8,1 for Nokia 8 – given the global reach of Nokia
    phones, it sometimes takes some time for the updates to reach everyone.

    please try to connect to different wifi connections and try to search for
    the Update from time to time.


    your inquiry, it is is good to know that your Nokia 8 Sirocco device should be
    able to update to Android 8,1, once it is available. Also It is good to know
    that updates are released at different dates in order

    to overload the network and when there is an available update you would
    receive a notification.



    Mobile Care


  • Unknown
     /  edited May 2018


    Replying to the above reply from Nokia Mobile Care, I still feel that is not good enough of a reply. I mean monthly updates to the latest patch is practically one of Nokia's main selling points of buying their latest phones. The fact that it's STILL on the February patch, let alone on the 8.0, is simply unacceptable. I mean at least give me an April patch on 8.0! 

    Further to that, my previous Nokia 8 I purchased has the April patch on 8.1 and I've been using the same networks here in Bahrain. 

    On top of that, I just checked out the new Nokia 7 Plus that was launched at the electronics store, and I checked there whether it was on 8.1... and it was on 8.1!! ??? 

    So WHY does my Nokia 8 Sirocco, the current Flagship phone of Nokia stuck in the past??! 

    Seriously, I'm going to wait a couple of days more, maybe 2 weeks maximum, if I don't get the update then I will just sell the phone and use something else.. In this case, I might as well use the latest Huawei or Samsung phone that at least has newer patches than the February patch! 

  • Hi,

    Thanks for the information I don't understand the suggestion that we need to try different wi-fi's, maybe different cell networks but why wi-fi's?

    I'll also be giving it a few days then I will be chasing up Nokia for a refund or a replacement phone - I suggest we all do the same.
  • How can some of the tests at 8.1 I'm staying is still only 8.0 with February security. My patience is beginning to lose weight.
  • reaper90 reaper90
    ✭✭  / 
    My first Device updated to 8.1 while going through the setup process. Sadly I had to get a replacement because of connectivity issues with the USB port when listening to music. Now with the new device I'm also stuck with 8.0, unable to find the 8.1 update...
  • where is 8.1? China has already had 8.1, why HK has not?
  • Also in Germany, no updates are available. i contacted the support chat and they also said, it can take some time until the updates are available. i have tried it with different carrier simcards, also different wifis (no idea why they say it could be a issue with wifi...) couldn't change the issue. I've purchased my device a week ago, and i'm thinking about to give it back, because my Galaxy S9 is more up to date than the so well advertised Nokia... 

  • Hi, I have a question for user1524941181428, the person who updated on the first phone but not the replacement. Was the install process the same, for example did you set up the first phone as a new phones and on the replacement as a restore...or the same each time. Thanks
  • reaper90 reaper90
    ✭✭  /  edited May 2018
    Both times I restored data from my old phone, wich I used again while waiting for the delivery of my new device
  • reaper90 reaper90
    ✭✭  / 
    Ok, right after my last post, the update was available when I manually checked :D
    So be patient guys, I'm sure it'll be available to you too soon :)
  • Yes indeed currently downloading in Brussels Belgium
  •  Update 02.May 2018: I've received the 8.1 Update today - currently installing it. Looks like it takes up to a week until the phones are properly registered.

  • user1525105550403, I am also in Hong Kong and bought my phone from Fortress, where did you buy yours?
  • Hi, yes, also have it in Hong Kong phone purchased 10 days ago....
  • ..I finally can confirm receiving it here in Bahrain.. yeah, I guess the phone just got released way early. It feels somewhat odd that Nokia's loyal customers who committed to this phone early on had to go through this mess.. anyway, it's May, let's see how fast Nokia updates this phone now. My experience with the previous Nokia 8 is it happens in the first 2 weeks of the month.. Hopeful.. 

  • I can't fathom how Android One is supposed to work. I had the 8 with Oreo 8.1 and May security update. I've now bought the latest "flagship" on Android One and it's still on Oreo 8.0 with February security update. Maybe I should have waited for the next Pixel. 

  • ..Nokia 8 was amazing with monthly updates. Nokia 8 sirocco started really badly in my opinion (8.0?!? why?!) ..and there was no way to update it to the April patch even. I almost returned it back when at the last minute updates were coming in around the global that the May patch 8.1 was ready for download. 

    Let's see what happens in the coming weeks ahead with their promise of monthly updates. Also, why can't I try the beta Android P on my Nokia 8 Sirocco?! The Nokia 7 Plus can but not the Sirocco? I seriously find the whole launch of the Sirocco to be a mistake.. :/ 

  • Bought my 8 Sirocco sim free UK, and its stuck on security patch, 1 February, it is now JUNE!! only reason I bought back into the nokia brand was the promised speed of updates! and where is 8.1??? This is starting to turn into a joke. Anyone from Nokia care to comment????

  • murph murph
    ✭✭  / 
    Imy, if you're on EE (including the MVNOs that use EE, such as BT or Virgin), updates seem to be blocked (presumably by EE, but HMD's total lack of useful communication has left everyone guessing). If EE are responsible, and fail to adequately justify it, it probably amounts to tortious interference for phones not sold by them, which could ultimately have negative legal consequences for them. Anyway, the pragmatic workaround in that scenario is to pick up a cheap PAYG SIM on another network. Some have reported success using an O2 SIM (including Giffgaff and Tesco MVNOs). Temporarily swap the SIMs, download and install, then swap back.
  • Same here. I've asked Nokia directly and got the same useless platitudes as others. I also have a Nokia 8 and that's on 8.1 and May security update. I thought Android One was supposed to get quick updates. Some flagship this has turned out to be.

  • I've tried the SIM swap - I'm on O2 but neither a 3 or a Vodafone SIM made any difference. I've also tried one suggestion to clear the Google Framework Services cache. Didn't do it either.

  • Im on O2, my daughters on giffgaff and wifes on orange, might try the sim card swop trick, thing is, has 8.1 even been officially released in the uk? If it has then yes will try sim card, if it hasnt then why bother....

  • Unknown
     /  edited June 2018

    Well, tried daughters giffgaff sim and wifes orange sim, nothing zilch nada. Considering Nokia have promised two years worth of updates for their phones, and considering how long it has been since there has been an update for the sirocco (here in the uk at least), could be empty promises... or at best seriously delayed... :/

  • Unknown
     /  edited June 2018

    Same. I've been waiting for the update for two weeks. (Here in the UK). Considering the other phones have had it for a few months now, I expected to receive the update quickly. I tried contacting support and they told me they had no idea when the update would reach my device.

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