The Nokia 2's Android Oreo update can finally be installed (if you really want it)

The Nokia 2's Android Oreo update can finally be installed (if you really want it)
The original Nokia 2 was released in November 2017 powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 212 and just 1GB of RAM. This makes the smartphone a prime candidate for Android Go. However, due to its early release, the smartphone shipped with the regular version of Android Nougat. 

Because of how the popular operating system is built, smartphones launched on the regular version of Android cannot be upgraded to Android Go at a later date. Nevertheless, HMD Global – the company behind Nokia smartphones – confirmed in late January that an update to Android 8.1 Oreo was still on the way for those that wanted it. Now, this software is available to download.

Unlike most usual software upgrades, the Nokia 2’s Android 8.1 Oreo update won’t be rolling out to devices over-the-air. Instead, users have to download it manually via a dedicated webpage. This is down to the smartphone’s hardware limitations – Android Oreo brings new features but could slow the device a little.

For the people already running Android Oreo through the Nokia phones beta labs, the smartphone will automatically transfer to the final version of the software. Once this has happened, users will receive a push notification notifying them of the change. 

On a side note, it’s worth noting that the update isn’t available for all Nokia 2 users. In fact, people in a total of 32 countries can’t yet download the software. Certain users in other markets may also be limited by the operator their phone is being used on.

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  • Display 5.0" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 212, Quad-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4100 mAh



1. trollz

Posts: 62; Member since: Oct 11, 2013

It's great to see Nokia's commitment to update a device that would have been forgotten long ago by any other manufacturer.

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 22000; Member since: May 28, 2014

Agreed. It's far from what some ignorantly call a "food stamp phone", as such phones don't get the software support via updates like this one gets, nor do they have the build quality.

5. Venom

Posts: 3515; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

It's not a derogatory term despite what some people ignorantly think. They are so overzealous when it comes to Nokia that it's just sad yet funny.

6. meanestgenius

Posts: 22000; Member since: May 28, 2014

The term “foodstamp Phone” is a derogatory one, despite what some overzealous ignorant trolls may say. It’s hilarious to watch them backtrack and try to change their statements around once they get outed.

2. Venom

Posts: 3515; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

This is a basically a foodstamp phone. Most people who pick this up probably won't care about updates especially with those paltry specs.

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