Google’s Android Oreo Go edition is released which is a lite weight platform for entry-level devices; this will thus allow many OEMs to update their entry-level budget devices to the latest version of Android. And it looks like Nokia has decided to upgrade its Nokia 2 which is a part of the lowest tier in its portfolio to Android Oreo 8.1 Go edition.
Which in reality is not entirely correct because in a tweet, replying to one of its users, HMD’s Chief product manager responded by saying that Nokia 2 as a product won’t be shifted to Android Oreo 8.1 (Android Go edition). But it will feature several memory management enhancements from the Android Go edition. As a device with 1GB RAM will get highly efficient memory usage optimization from Google in the Go edition of Oreo, which the Finnish company will also use in its Nokia 2, for a better experience.
Technically speaking no as a product can not be upgraded to Go but we will integrate memory management features and other perf improvements with 8.1based maintenance release.
— Juho Sarvikas (@sarvikas) December 28, 2017
But the phones aren’t a part of the Android Go edition, which an effort made by Google to make a lite weight OS and apps such as the Files Go, YouTube Go and many more, for entry-level devices as these budget devices tend to slow down after a major Android update.
There’s also a leak about a new entry-level Nokia 1 device specially launched for the Android Go program, and along with Nokia, many other OEMs will take part in this effort to provide hyper affordable Android phones for emerging markets. Nokia 2 is currently on Android Nougat 7.1 and will be updated to the Android Oreo 8.1 in the coming weeks.