The third Oreo beta for the Essential Phone is now available to download

As has been the tradition for the last few months, Essential held its latest monthly AMA over on Reddit, where the company answered a myriad of issues. While Chris was excited to see that Essential will be improving touch and latency on the PH-1, the company also introduced the latest Android Oreo beta for the device.

While this update doesn’t bring the fixes for latency issues, it does include some pretty important security updates. Most notably, the PH-1 is now updated to the January security patch, which includes fixes for the Spectre and Meltdown exploits, while also including a few smaller bug fixes.

Unfortunately, we are still waiting to hear on a final release date for Essential Phone owners looking for Android Oreo. Instead, the company stated that it is working on the final logistics before releasing Oreo to all owners of the PH-1.

If you are already a part of Essential’s beta program, you should be receiving an OTA update which will bring your device to software version OPM1.170911.254. The OTA comes in at around 106MB, but if you want to get started with the Oreo beta with this latest update, you’ll be looking at an update that comes in around 1GB. 

If you want to download the software update for yourself, hit the button below to head over to the Essential website and get your device updated with the latest and greatest version of Android. Let us know if you have run into any issues with this update and if you’re excited to see the final version of Oreo released.

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Essential Phone now receiving Oreo Beta 3 update

After releasing the first Android Oreo beta in November and then a second Oreo Beta in December, Essential is keeping its streak alive today with Oreo Beta 3 for the Essential Phone.

Essential says that Oreo Beta 3 is now rolling out over the air to the Essential Phone. If you haven’t yet installed an Oreo Beta on your Essential Phone but you’d like to now, you can do so by pointing your browser right here.

The Oreo Beta 3 update is 106.5MB in size and includes the January 2018 Android security patches, with fixes for Spectre and Meltdown in tow. There are also some miscellaneous stability and bugs fixes included, too.

Essential says that it’s “very close” to the full release of Android Oreo for the Essential Phone. There’s still no hard release date, but that’s still exciting news for Essential Phone owners, especially those that have opted not to install these beta releases.

Essential Phone Accessories now available on official website starting with 360° Camera, USB-C Earphones, and more

Essential, the Andy Rubin-backed company behind the Essential Phone, is launching a handful of new accessories this week. In a Twitter announcement on Wednesday, the smartphone maker took the wraps off a 27W fast charger, USB Type-C headphones, and a soft carrying case designed for the Essential 360 Camera.

The 27W (5V/3A, 9V/3A) charger is a square, rectangular, nondescript wall adapter that plugs into the Essential Phone via USB Type-C (USB Power Delivery 2.0). It’s not as sleek as the Click Connector, the in-the-box charger that recharges the Essential Phone via rear-mounted magnetic contacts, but it has a much slimmer profile and can deliver up to four hours of battery life in 10 minutes.

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Essential’s new in-house headphones, the $99 Earphones HD, feature a tangle-free cord design, a high-speed USB Type-C connection, and a hard-shell case. Essential says they deliver a better-than-average listening experience thanks to 9.2mm titanium-coated drivers and support for 24-bit, 96KHz High Resolution audio, plus USB Audio Class 2 compatibility. A handy multi-function button and built-in microphone let you control music playback, answer calls, and activate the Google Assistant without having to fumble around for your Essential Phone, and in-the-box small, medium, and large earbud tips conform to almost every ear shape.

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The new red and black carrying cases for the Essential 360 Camera aren’t available yet, but when they are, they’ll provide new lightweight, low-profile way to protect your Essential 360 Camera on the go. And Essential’s now selling the 3.5mm to USB Type-C audio adapter that comes with the Essential Phone separately for $15. (It’s available in black and white, and supports 16-bit audio up to 48KHz.)

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All of Essential’s new accessories are available from the Essential Store. There’s no word on the Click Connector and Essential 360 Camera carrying case’s availability, much less their pricing, but Essential’s encouraging interested customers to sign up for updates on its website.

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Tudia hosting ‘Essential Week’ with discounts on all Essential Phone cases

Tudia is a case company that was one of the first to step up and make cases for the Essential Phone. Now it’s hosting an “Essential Week” for a week of sales on all of the Essential cases.

The Tudia TAMM, Tudia GLOST, Tudia SKN, and Tudia LULA are all on sale for between 15% and 20% off. The deal is available on Amazon US, Amazon UK and Amazon Canada through January 18. Here are the coupon codes for the discounts:

TAMM 15% – W3D347BH

We reviewed the cases and they all had solid fitment and materials so head over to Amazon to pick one up!

Essential is now selling accessories like a fast charger, headphones, and more

If you have an Essential Phone and have been waiting to pick up some accessories until Essential got around to selling them, the wait is finally over.

Announced today, you can pick up some key (one might say essential) accessories for Essential’s first flagship smartphone. They include the Earphones|HD, which features a digital USB-C connector, high resolution drivers, and a “tangle-free cord”. They are priced at $99. There are also the Earphones|Mini, with a USB-C digital connector, a multi-function button to control music playback, take phone calls, and activate Google Assistant, and they are priced at $49.

You can pick up a USB-C-to-3.5mm headphone jack adapter for $15 or a 27W power adapter, which Essentials says can charge your Essential Phone quickly, that’ll set you back $39.

One of the other accessories is a wireless charging plate, called the Fast Charger, which takes advantage of Essential’s Click Connector. It is actually not for sale just yet, but you can input your email address on the accessories page to find out when the device goes on sale.

It’s a nice start, at least. Are you planning on picking any of these accessories up?