Essential Phone To Skip Android 8.0 Update, Will Wait For Android 8.1

Kelley Robertson
February 3, 2018

As you probably already know, this update is a big one and it comes with numerous new feature.

Instead of going to Android 8.0, Essential phones are going to be moving right ahead to Android 8.1 Oreo.

Android Oreo update was first introduced by Google on their newly launched, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones. After three beta releases, the company is not quite satisfied that the update is ready for general release.

This is something good to see, as it means Essential Phone users will be going to the latest version without any extra wait time or beta programs, but the decision behind it is a little disconcerting.


Those interested in testing Android 8.1 will have the chance to do so soon. Stay put for our timely coverage on the ascension of the 1% of users that will be enjoying this update, and on the next WhatsApp update for iOS and Android devices. 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. We do not know if these issues were specific to the PH-1 itself or not. Essential has said that a public release of the Oreo 8.1 firmware will be pushed back a few weeks but that it aims to release an Oreo 8.1 beta in the meantime to (hopefully) help iron out any bugs.

Even bad news is often sweetened when communicated sincerely and in a timely fashion, which "Team Essential" is trying to do today.

Essential is skipping the release of Android 8.0 for Android 8.1 due to instability concerns.

As far as we have heard, we have not heard of phone manufacturers running into any issues with Android 8.0. However, apart from the fact that you need to have the newest Android version installed, the recipients of the message also need to have the same software version for this action to be successful.

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