HMDs Pie update roadmap had a conspicuous absence the Nokia 2. Juho Sarvikas, Chief Product Officer, got plenty questions about it on Twitter and posted an explanation of whats going on.
The Nokia 2 is not getting Pie and while it’s due for an Oreo serving, it comes with fine print. Since Oreo requires more resources, it will not run as smoothly as Nougat (the phones original software).
So HMD will give you the choice: stick with the old Nougat software or get the more recent Oreo at the cost of UI snappiness. The option to update will be available soon.
The 1GB of RAM is the culprit here. Google only supports Android Go on phones with this little RAM and its not possible to install Go on a phone that launched with regular Android. Thats why the Nokia 1 (a Go edition phone) is getting Pie.
HMD worked with Google and Qualcomm to deliver the best possible Oreo experience for the Nokia 2, but its not going to be perfect.