“The Android Q Beta 5 update for Nokia 8.1 also adds the bottom corner swipe gesture to activate Google Assistant”
One of the main reasons to buy an Android One smartphone is faster software updates and stock Android. The Nokia 8.1 is an Android One device and is part of the Android Q Beta program. HMD Global has now released the latest Android Q Beta 5 update for the Nokia 8.1 and it is available right now. The Nokia 8.1 units need to be on the Android Q Beta 3 if they want to install the latest update. Those who are running Android Pie and want to try the latest Android Q Beta, will have to wait some more time.
According to Nokia brand licensee HMD Global, the Nokia 8.1 Android Q Beta 5 update will install the July 2019 Android security patch too. Right now, there’s no way to install the update via the OTA method. This means that users will have to download the firmware and install it manually on their device. Apart from the July security patch, the update also brings the new bottom swipe gesture to activate Google Assistant.
With Android Q Beta 5, Google added a new way to invoke the Assistant. Swiping from either of the bottom corners of the display will now bring up the assistant. This is an easy way to activate Google Assistant, especially if the gestural navigation option is being used. However, Nokia stated that this swipe gesture is only available on certain Nokia 8.1 models including the TA-1119, TA-1121, and the TA-1128. If you’ve got any of these models, then you should be able to use the new gesture to invoke the Google Assistant.
Users can head over to Settings > System > About Phone > Model & Hardware to check if their Nokia 8.1 will support the new feature. Since this is a beta build, you will likely encounter bugs and app crashes. However, Android Q Beta 5 is one of the last betas before Google releases the public version. Of course, we still have to wait till October for the search giant to release the Android Q OS to all. The Nokia 8.1 comes with Android 9.0 Pie out of the box.