Nokia 2 (2017) users will never receive Android 9.0 Pie | HMD confirms

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Will my Nokia 2 (2017) receive Android Pie ? What is the expected Android 9 release date for my Nokia 2 ? These are some questions I’m facing from last few weeks. The fact is this budget Nokia handset is officially still running on Android 7.1.1 Nougat. Instead of pushing the stable Oreo 8.1 to Nokia 2 users, HMD provided the optional upgrade via dedicated webpage on Nokia.com/Phones.

Will your Nokia 2 receive Android 9.0 upgrade in future Or not ?

Sadly no. Today (June 27) HMD’s staff member Laura has officially confirmed on Nokia community that, they will not be offering Android 9.0 Pie for Nokia 2 users. Here’s the reply from HMD’s staff member Laura :

Hi all, 

It seems like support had a little misunderstanding here. Android OS Upgrades, such as 9 Pie, require a high level of chipset performance and available device memory in order to deliver an optimal level of end user satisfaction.
From our internal testing, the Nokia 2 is not able to offer complete end user satisfaction with the later OS Upgrades. As a result, we will not be offering Android 9 Pie (or any subsequent Android Upgrades) to Nokia 2. 

Sorry for the misunderstanding and the raised hopes. 

Best regards, 
Laura 

Also read : Get a chance to win Nokia 2.2 smartphone with #BetterEveryday contest

Why it happened ?

There are two major reasons for this situation or you can say HMD’s biggest mistakes.

  1. It’s processor
  2. It’s non Android Go handset

Let’s understand them below :

It’s processor :

Nokia 2 comes with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 212, a Quad-core 1.3 GHz processor. This is an average SoC especially designed for low end Android smartphones.

It’s non Android Go handset :

It’s a normal Android smartphone with low storage & this is why HMD struggled to upgrade this handset from Nougat 7.1.1 to Oreo 8.1. Actually this wasn’t the mistake of HMD. Google announced the Android Go platform for devices which comes with low storage options such as 1 GB RAM & 8 GB internal. Because Android Oreo & Pie requires more storage to provide a better user experience. Android Go platform was announced by Google just after few weeks of the Nokia 2 global announcement. Converting a normal Android handset to Android Go wasn’t possible for HMD.

What we think ?

Except Nokia 2, currently each & every Nokia smartphone announced by HMD is running on Android 9.0 Pie. Somehow it’s sad if we think about Nokia 2 users but overall HMD really did a great work by upgrading other Nokia smartphones to latest Android Pie & keeping their promise.

What we’re suggesting to Nokia 2 users is, even if you get the latest 9.0 OS upgrade the performance will be worst. So, it’s better to use your handset with Nougat. I know you may angry on this (of course you should) and ready to argue with me on this topic. But what I’ve shared is just my opinion.

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