HMD Global is now rolling out the fourth Developer Preview of Android P to the Nokia 7 Plus. Notably, the Finnish company released both the factory image files and OTA update, meaning users can either get their device updated to the newer version of Android P either by flashing the firmware file manually or through the OTA update. Interested users can head over to the developers portal of Nokia 7 Plus and register their device to proceed further. Nokia recommends that users should perform a factory reset if they're sideloading the new OTA and for the OTA update users, it will completely wipe the user data. So, if you've any important data stored on your smartphone, take a back up and then proceed with the installation.
For those who take the number convention seriously, this is the Android P Developer Preview 4 or the Android P Beta 3. The new update takes the build number to v3.110 from v3.08B. The update changelog suggests the new version brings July 2018 security patches, system stability improvements, app content surfacing and application interaction across multiple Google/Android devices.
The Nokia 7 Plus is currently running the Android P Developer Preview 3 or Android P Beta 2. The first Android P Beta version was pretty stable, but it had some quirks such as the no 2X zoom feature in the camera app, no dual 4G functionality and so on. While the second Beta of Android P fixed some issues, the overall stability was not up to the mark, which HMD is addressing with the Android P Beta 3. My Nokia 7 Plus was on the Android P Beta 2, but it did not receive any Android P Beta 3 update automatically; I went to the Nokia Developers portal and clicked the send OTA update button, post which I received the new Beta 3 update.
On the whole, HMD Global is doing a pretty good job in releasing newer versions of Android P, but it's not the quickest one though. Essential, the Andy Rubin-owned company is rolling out new Android P updates on the day when Google releases them. Notably, the Nokia 7 Plus will be first in the line to receive Android P update next month. Google will be releasing the final Developer Preview of Android P early next month or later this month, which will set up the stage for the stable rollout during the second half of August. Of course, the Pixel and Pixel 2 devices will be receiving the update first, followed by the devices in the Beta program.