The HMD-built Nokia 2 has now been all but confirmed as being slated to receive Android 8.1 (Oreo) at some point in the future, according to a tweet from HMD Global's Chief Product Officer Juho Sarvikas. While Sarvikas did not indicate a specific time frame for when users in any given region could expect the update.While these kinds of social media posts are generally best taken with a grain of salt, this one may bear quite a bit more weight than usual as it does come from Sarvikas's verified account. Meanwhile, a lot of what may ultimately be included with the update was kept under wraps – likely pending an official announcement of some sort. With that said, Sarvikas did provide some clues about HMD's overall goals for the update and at least a bit of information about one or two key features.
For starters, Sarvikas says that the budget-friendly Nokia 2 will actually be skipping right past Android 8.0 and going directly to Android 8.1. That appears to come down to an Android 8.1 features that are akin to Google's latest platform called Android Go – which is a redesign of Android intended for devices that only feature 1GB of RAM or less. The Nokia 2, Sarvikas explains, cannot be updated to run Google's new Android Go platform directly. However, updating to Android 8.1 will allow the company to take advantage of some optimizations stemming from Android Go. For example, Sarvikas says that updating the Nokia 2 to Android 8.1 will allow for performance improvements and Android Go-based memory management features. Those features should, in turn, bring a subtly better experience for anybody who happens to be using the device almost immediately when it hits. Moreover, the enhancements should only get better over time as the management system learns the best optimization steps to take for a given user
It bears repeating, at this point, that there is still no official word on when the update is set to arrive or in which regions it will arrive first. So those who already have their hands on a Nokia 2 should probably hold off on mashing their update button for now. In the meantime, another Nokia-branded device, the Nokia 1, will also be arriving with Android Go on board when at its expected March launch.