Essential confirms 2 years of updates, 3 years of security patches for PH1

By | 28th May 2018

  • Essential tweeted that it is issuing a series of bug-fixes for the Android P developers preview.
  • However, in the replies to that announcement, the company confirmed there would be two years of Android updates and three years of security patches for the Essential Phone.
  • If Essential is purchased, these timelines could change; but for now, it’s nice to know the company isn’t abandoning the PH1.


The smartphone world was surprised – though not shocked – at the news last week that Andy Rubin’s company Essential might be up for sale. With a rocky start to the Essential Phone and the smartphone industry as cutthroat as ever, the company canceled plans for the Essential Phone 2 – although it seems Essential is not down for the count yet.

Last week, on Twitter, Essential announced an update to its Android P developers preview, which fixes some bugs including ones surrounding Bluetooth connectivity and Dark Mode. That’s neat and all, but the real news is buried in the replies to that tweet.

Within the replies, Essential confirmed that the Essential Phone (PH1) would receive software updates for the next two years and security patches for the next three years. If the company gets sold, those timelines could obviously change, but it’s nice to hear that support for the PH1 isn’t going away any time soon.

The Essential Phone historically has been one of the first devices to get Android security patches, with updates sometimes arriving on handsets only days after public release. The PH1 is also one of the handful of devices to receive the Android P beta, which was announced at Google I/O 2018.

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It’s clear that the company cares deeply about keeping the PH1 on the bleeding edge when it comes to the operating system. However, that devotion hasn’t translated well to sales, with reports suggesting that Essential has sold less-than-100,000 units since its debut in August last year.

While the Essential Phone 2 is definitively not happening, there still might be another Essential product in the pipeline: a smart speaker. However, if the company is truly looking for a buyer, all current plans could be canceled at any moment.

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