Nokia has announced the availability of Android Q Beta 5 for the Nokia 8.1. With this release, users will get the latest security patches provided by the Android July 2019 Security Patch, there’s also a feature which lets you swipe from the bottom corners to bring up the Google Assistant. Nokia warns that sideloading Android Q Beta 5 could brick the device if not done correctly, so if you’re not sure what to do then just wait until the final release is pushed over-the-air.
For those who do know how to flash the device safely, an upgrade to Beta 5 must be done from Beta 3, the firm said that it is currently working on an upgrade path from Android 9 Pie to Android Q Beta 5 and will release it shortly.
The pre-release software is also limited to a selection of models including the TA-1119, TA-1121, and the TA-1128. You can check your device model information by heading to Settings > System > About Phone > Model & hardware. You should not update if you see reference to ‘00CN’ if your locale is Russia, in fact, Nokia says the preview build is not available to anyone in China, Russia, or to those on certain, unspecified, networks.
The build was tested before release so it should be relatively stable, with that said, it is still marked as a beta build so you may come across performance or stability issues. Additionally, some apps that you download from the Play Store may not work correctly as they’re designed for older Android versions.