Essential Phone to Get Upgrade to Android Oreo 8.1, Not 8.0

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Other notable highlights include a new Picture-in-Picture mode, which allows two apps to run on screen at any given time, as well as the ability to dive into apps with fewer taps, such as Notification Dots, which can be seen with a quick press and swiped away easily, and Android Instant Apps, which allow teleportation into new apps right from the browser, without any installation required.

The Honor 8 Pro will be the first of the two to enjoy the benefits of Oreo via an OTA update. Essential phones were supposed to get Android Oreo previous year, but that date came and went without Oreo coming to Essential. Essential released a statement saying that there were stability issues when the company was going through the beta program. You wouldn't want to end up in the same boat as users of a certain Android One device, right? In fact, the Nokia 8 has already received Android 8.1 Oreo beta, indicating the stable version could be seeded soon. It is also warned that with Essential phones, you will not have the same stability as you do with the current operating system if you move ahead with the beta program.

So rather than releasing Android 8.0 riddled with bugs, the Essential PH-1 will instead receive Android 8.1 Oreo.

Even bad news is often sweetened when communicated sincerely and in a timely fashion, which "Team Essential" is trying to do today. Ironically, it's still not as stable but at least Android 8.1 is the latest build.

As far as we have heard, we have not heard of phone manufacturers running into any issues with Android 8.0. Have you updated to Android 8 yet? So when the update is available for your device, you should see a push notification of it on the display.

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