Essential confirms 2 years of Android updates and 3 years of security patches for the PH-1

Essential confirms 2 years of Android updates and 3 years of security patches for the PH-1
Although it looks like a second Essential Phone is out of the question for the moment, the company behind the so-called PH-1 smartphone is going to continue to provide timely security updates for the next few years.

Essential confirmed recently that its first smartphone will receive major Android OS updates for two years, and three years of security patches. Since the Essential Phone made its debut on the market back in August, it's likely that Android P will be the last major software update the smartphone will receive.

However, security updates will probably continue to come to the Essential Phone until August 2019. The announcement doesn't really come as a surprise, even if Essential supposedly canceled its next smartphone, as the company is known for delivering software updates quite often.

Despite the fact that the Essential Phone wasn't the success the US company hoped it would be, it's nice to know that the smartphone will continue to be supported throughout the next few years.

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  • Camera 13 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2450 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3040 mAh

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16 Comments

1. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Tight, I don't doubt that they try their best to keep this commitment. Just hitting 8hr sot and 35% battery left to go on mine currently, it may not be much to others but in my use it really is a decent phone.

14. Penny

Posts: 1859; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

I'll second the battery life. Was the biggest surprise to me when I got the phone. Because I don't use my phone all that much, I charge once every 1.5 days, and I usually still have about 30-40% left at that time.

2. fyah_king unregistered

Cool!!! I love my essential ph-1.

3. dragon76

Posts: 32; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

this was a pretty awesome phone.... if someone wouldn't have stolen my manufacturer's replacement package off my porch I would still have it

4. un-biased

Posts: 23; Member since: May 22, 2018

essential should sue apple for copying. then they would have the finaces to make another great phone.

9. kiko007

Posts: 7500; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Do you understand how litigation works?

5. palmguy

Posts: 982; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

I'm looking for one on eBay right now.

7. bonnie100th

Posts: 29; Member since: Apr 01, 2010

I have one brand new in the box. Never used or activated.

6. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1576; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

So typical Android update cycle than, didn't really expect anything more to be honest.

8. Foxgabanna

Posts: 607; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

I might buy one of these.

10. ullokey

Posts: 179; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

If only the reviewers had been kind and forgiving initially like they are with Samsung and Apple phones, they might have had better sales

11. lallolu

Posts: 732; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

The camera is the only let down of this almost great great smartphone.

13. yalokiy

Posts: 1047; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Wanted to buy one, but decided not to when found many complain about many other issues as well: low screen brightness, touchscreen glitches, bad wifi/bluetooth/LTE reception.

15. Penny

Posts: 1859; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

I don't think low screen brightness is an issue AT ALL. And it will be be even brighter if you go to settings and turn off "Adaptive Brightness." Touchscreen glitches supposedly existed earlier on. I wouldn't know; I bought this phone a couple of months ago and immediately updated to Android 8.1, and it's been perfectly fine for me. I recently did experience an odd LTE issue. My LTE wouldn't work unless I turned my WiFi on. I noticed this issue a couple of times over the course of a day or so, but haven't had it happen again after. Otherwise, general reception/signal quality is pretty good, better than the Note 5 it replaced.

12. Cat97

Posts: 1921; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Well, they need to. It's their one and only phone, since the PH-2 has been cancelled.

16. eduardoflores5

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 05, 2016

It's a shame since it is my favorite phone of all time. I've had Samsung, Sony, HTC and LG. The camera improved infinitely, which was the main reason the critics nearly killed the next PH-2

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