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

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

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

The update included EMUI 8.0 (Huawei's custom Android fork), several AI features inside of the camera app, a Dynamic Wallpaper feature, the ability to take 3D panoramas and a lot more, which you can read about here.

While working on Android 8.0, the Essential devs found out a number of stability issues that need to be fixed and so instead of releasing a not so stable version, the team chose to just release Android 8.1 beta instead.

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In its announcement, Essential said it's launching a beta program for Oreo 8.1 to be able to fine-tune the build with the help of users' feedback. Essential cites "several stability issues" in Android 8.0 that are triggering this change. Essential was quick to point out that Android 8.0 has had many stability issues.

Honor 9 and Honor 8 Pro owners in the United Kingdom will be able to benefit from the free Oreo update, which focuses primarily on speed and efficiency, with improved boot times and reduced background activity that would otherwise drain battery and data plans. This, although, requires the concerned recipients have the Android 8.0 Oreo installed, aside from you alone. Just like the Android 8.0 beta, you'll need to have the Android SDK set up on your computer to sideload the OTA file. Therefore, it's going to direct all its efforts to move the Essential Phone directly from Nougat to Android 8.1. And yes, Essential Phone owners appear to be taking the news of the delay surprisingly well, agreeing that it's better to wait and receive a silky smooth update... eventually. All will be there to your device once you upgrade it with the latest update in the coming days. We want to hear from you on whether or not you are experiencing the same issues that Essential noticed with Android 8.0.

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