System and applications
Nokia 8.1 belongs to the Android One program. In other words, the manufacturer promises up to date software for at least three years, including security updates every month and the next and another version of Android. In the review model we have Android 9 Pie and security updates from the February 1st 2019. The whole works fast, smooth, without lags, distortions or errors. The hidden notch does not influence the usage device at all – those, who do not like it will be pleased. It is worth noting that the wide notch prevents from showing all notifications. Next to the hour we can see only one icon, and if there or more notifications, we can see a small dot. On the right side of the notch there are icons of mobile and wireless networks and the sound profile settings.
The review device has the pure Android and the set of apps from Google (including Google Pay), though some soft was added by Nokia, for example gesture support or the camera app. I do especially like controlling the interface with gestures – by swiping our finger from the bottom we can see the last used app screen and shortcuts to apps, swiping it for a longer time will review the apps menu. The smartphone does not have a notifications LED, instead of that there is a function called “Ambient display”. It means that when we will receive a notification, the display will lit up for a moment. There are functions connected with the fact that the smartphone works under Pie – a digital balance or the possibility to change the theme to a dark one.
According to information from the DRM Info app, Nokia 8.1 offers support to Widevine L1, which means that we can watch HD videos in services like Netflix. On the shortcuts bar we can find options like Wind down, Nigh light mode or an option that moves to the internal memory view in the Google Files app, but there is no NFC switch. And basically we cannot say anything else about the work of the soft, because every smartphone with pure Android offers basically the same.