Android 8.1 Oreo beta starts rolling out to the Essential Phone

Android 8.1 Oreo beta starts rolling out to the Essential Phone
Essential has just announced that Android 8.1 Oreo is now available for the Essential Phone in the beta form. The US company confirmed last month that it will update the flagship directly to Android 8.1 Oreo, thus skipping Android 8.0.

The first beta build of Android 8.l Oreo is being pushed OTA (over the air) to those who've been using beta builds of Android 8.0. Otherwise, you'll have to download the file from Essential's website and flash it manually on your smartphone.

We also have a complete changelog that contains all the new stuff added by Essential, such as smart text selection, instant apps, picture-in-picture, as well as faster startup and app sign-in. Also, the update contains the February security patch, dynamic Calendar and Clock icons, and slow scrolling jitter fix.

The file weighs in at around 500MB, so make sure you have enough storage before attempting to download Android 8.1 Oreo beta. It is yet unclear when the stable version of the update will be released, but it shouldn't be long now.

On a side note, Essential has a new announcement scheduled for February 15, but we have no other info on what the company may reveal tomorrow, so stay tuned for more.

source: Essential (Twitter)

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  • Display 5.7" 1312 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2450 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3040 mAh



1. therealestmc

Posts: 680; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

Frankly I do not see what the difference is between Android nougat and Oreo.

3. foreverNOOB

Posts: 182; Member since: Jul 07, 2017

Because those two versions are essentially the same in the graphic UI perspective.

2. LRSousa

Posts: 43; Member since: Jun 20, 2014

And Nokia 8 now have stable 8.1.

4. collin3000

Posts: 70; Member since: Apr 28, 2015

"The file weighs in at around 500MB, so make sure you have enough storage" All essential phones come with 128GB internal. If you don't have 500mb free you've got some serious digital hording issues

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