Essential Phone now receiving Android 8.1 Oreo update

Essential Phone picks up official Android Oreo 8.1 update, available now for all users

Essential Phone picks up official Android Oreo 8.1 update, available now for all users

As Essential doesn't reskin much of the pure Android experience, the company isn't adding any new features to Android Oreo with today's update.

The full 8.1 update was indeed waiting there for our own Ryne, who has an Essential Phone on the 8.1 beta.

It's been roughly 5 months since Essential started working to bring Android Oreo to its PH-1 smartphone. Its reason for doing so had to do with stability issues present in Android 8.0 that would be addressed in Android 8.1 Oreo.

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After a few weeks of extra waiting, Essential has today announced that the Android 8.1 Oreo stable update has begun rolling out to devices.

Android Oreo has seen minimal expansion since its debut past year, and the newer Android 8.1 has made an even smaller dent in the market. Check your phone now for the update. For him, the update comes in at around 276MB, though that'll vary depending on whether you're on the beta track or not.

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