HMD global is now seeding the Android Q beta 5 to the Nokia 8.1 with the most important update being how you can start the Google Assistant with a swipe gesture from either of the bottom corners. Other changes include a bit more polish on the gesture navigation as a whole and the latest Android APIs.
Starting with Android Q beta 6 the OS will automatically switch to the old 3-button navigation when a custom launcher is used. In addition to having the most current build of Android Q, this developer update, version V4.070, also brings the Nokia 8.1 up to the July 2019 security patch.
If you are are still on Android 9 Pie and have been waiting for a newer, possibly more stable build to test out Android Q on your Nokia 8.1, you’ll have to either wait or go through a bit more effort. Nokia is currently only providing an update from Pie to Android Q Beta 3, and from Beta 3 to Beta 5. There’s no direct update path from Pie to Beta 5, though one will be “released shortly.”
Google is set to roll out Android Q this fall.