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Nokia 8 camera left you wanting? Expect improvements, ARCore with Android Pie

The Nokia 8 didn't have the best camera experience of 2017, but HMD is working on improvements as part of the Pie update.

Published onSeptember 10, 2018

The rear of the Nokia 8 on a stand.
  • The Nokia 8 will receive camera improvements as part of the Android Pie update.
  • HMD’s 2017 flagship will also receive ARCore support as part of the rollout.
  • Don’t expect facial recognition support in the new update, as the company is still investigating the feature.

The Nokia 8 was a great debut flagship for HMD Global, offering a powerful chipset, slick design, and lightweight take on Android. It didn’t have the greatest camera quality though, but the manufacturer is hard at work on an update.

The news emerged after a Nokia 8 owner tweeted at HMD Global executive Juho Sarvikas, complaining about camera and face unlock updates for the device. Sarvikas responded to the user, noting that a camera-related update with “new experiences” is coming as part of the Android Pie update.

Hey let’s not get carried away here ?. We already issued a camera update and you will shortly get another one with Pie with new experiences. Also ARcore support is there, 8., Etc… Facial unlock we haven’t rolled out yet to our products as we are still evaluating solutions.
— Juho Sarvikas (@sarvikas) August 31, 2018

Sarvikas also added that ARCore was coming to the Nokia 8 as part of the update. Unfortunately, the company was still “evaluating solutions” for face unlock, so don’t expect it in the Pie update.

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In any case, it’s encouraging to see camera-related improvements coming to the Nokia 8, as it was arguably the device’s weakest department. And it wouldn’t be the first 2017 flagship to receive a much-needed camera-focused update, as Essential delivered a series of related updates following the release of the Essential Phone.

News of the Nokia 8 update also comes as rumors swirl around the company’s next flagship. The latest leak shows a Nokia phone with five rear cameras — is this the firm’s next high-end device?

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