It wasn't entirely clear whether the firm's lower-priced phones like the Nokia 2 and 3 would get the same access to updates as their more expensive siblings, as firms often only pay attention to the top and mid-ranges of their smartphone lines. The Nokia 2 will indeed be receiving Android Oreo and will be heading straight to 8.1 when HMD rolls out the update. "It will receive Android Oreo." HMD's Chief Product Officer confirmed via Twitter via XDA Developers,
"1GB RAM devices will be supported on 8.1 release where many of the Android Go memory management improvements will be integrated. Nokia 2 performance will only get better over time!"
Aside from the normal Android Oreo improvements like Picture in Picture and improved power management, Android Oreo also adds in support for the Android Go software experience for entry-level devices. Google is pushing improved memory management so devices with 1GB of RAM or less can enjoy a smooth experience, and will publish as well as push Play Store apps which are optimised for Android Go.To be clear, while the Nokia 2 will not be transitioning to the Android Go platform, HMD will be making use of Google's Android Go improvements in their release of Oreo.
The new Nokia branded smartphones have been a critical hit, and reviewers have called them out as equivalent to the low priced Google Nexus of old. Nokia is expected to launch a new flagship Android phone, the Nokia 9, sooner rather than later.