The Xiaomi original Xiaomi Mi MIX, the Mi MIX 2 and Xiaomi's other bezel-less smartphones will be receiving support for navigational gestures in MIUI9. Beta testers can download and test the feature now.
While low-end Android phones don't typically get updates, HMD's Nokia 2 will be an exception. The Nokia 2 will be updated to Android 8.1, and will a receive performance boost due to Oreo's optimisations for low-powered phones.
The OnePlus 5T was shipped without the ability to stream videos in HD from popular sites like Netflix and Amazon Prime. The company has promised a fix by way of a future software update, but users are stuck with SD for the time being.
Android devs always seem to have the ability to circumvent roadblocks created by manufacturers as demonstrated by two XDA developers who have achieved a semi-functional LineageOS 14.1 for the Xiaomi Mi A1 despite the lack of proper kernel sources.
During the Google I/O 2017 developer conference, Google introduced Android Go as a part of the Android 8.1 rollout. Android Go's purpose is to serve as an operating system for smartphones that have lower specs allowing them to be cheaper.