Nokia Labs Updates IM Beta to 2.0
Nokia recently updated the beta of its Messaging IM program to 2.0. Nokia IM beta 2.0's most significant improvements include support for the E71, E63, and new support for Google Talk. Nokia IM beta 2.0 also supports Yahoo Messenger and Ovi messaging. The beta software is free to download from Nokia Beta Labs.
HMD Global Allowing Nokia 8 Owners to Beta Test Oreo
HMD Global unveiled the Nokia Phones Beta Lab, where it will make pre-release versions of software available to interested testers. The first release is a beta build of Android 8 Oreo, which is being offered to the Nokia 8 smartphone.
Google Opens Up Beta Testing for Search App
Google is inviting some Android users to join a new beta program for testing the Google Search app. Google did not call out any specific new features in the first beta release, but warned testers it may be unstable or buggy.
Android Users Can Now Beta Test Google Maps
Google has rolled out a program that allows people to test beta versions of Google Maps. The betas will be published via the Google Play Store, similar to how Google distributes other a few other beta apps.
HMD Global Pushing Oreo to Nokia 8
The Nokia 8 handset is now being updated to Android 8 Oreo, according to HMD Global exec Juho Sarvikas. The company tested Oreo on the Nokia 8 through its Open Beta Labs earlier this year.