Essential Phone now receiving update to Android 8.1 Oreo

Essential had every intention of updating the Essential Phone to Android 8.0 earlier this year, but unfortunately the company confirmed back in January that stability issues had made them axe the Android 8.0 update, opting to wait for Android 8.1 instead.

Now, after a few weeks of beta testing, the company is ready to officially roll out the Oreo update for its phone. Essential today announced that it is rolling Android 8.1 Oreo to the Essential Phone right now. The company says that Essential Phone owners can “check your phone now” to get the update, but since this is an over-the-air (OTA) update, it might take some time before it arrives on all devices out there.

Any time that a company can offer a quick update process for their smartphone is a good thing, and Essential Phone owners should be happy that the company is offering Android 8.1 Oreo so quickly, even after the initial Android 8.0 update was delayed earlier this year.

If you own an Essential Phone, have you already installed Android 8.1 on your phone?