Nokia 2.1 scores timely Android 9.0 Pie update despite packing just 1GB RAM
2018's Nokia 2.1 obviously launched with Android Oreo out the box, which doesn't make HMD Global's latest software support feat any less impressive. The exclusive Nokia brand licensee is bringing a fresh version of Android that other companies haven't been able to roll out for many high-end phones to a 5.5-inch handset packing a modest Snapdragon 425 processor and 1GB RAM.
While the company's mission of optimizing this modern software for such low-end hardware was no doubt made easier by the Nokia 2.1's participation in Google's Android Go program, the speed at which these updates are stabilized and released over-the-air is still incredibly remarkable. Up next, the Nokia 3.1 and 5.1 should be treated to their own Pie-flavored OS makeovers by the end of Q1, with the original Nokia 1 and Nokia 3 then scheduled for official Android 9.0 promotions sometime in "early Q2."
In case you're wondering, the Nokia 2.1 is not officially available in the US. At least not under that name, as the recently released Verizon-exclusive Nokia 2V is actually pretty much identical to the "global" 2.1. Unfortunately, Big Red will have to pass the Android Pie update through its own internal testing and certification process, so you may have to wait a while until the 2V leaves Oreo behind.