Essential Phone October Android security update brings back notch support

Essential Phone October Android security update brings back notch support
There might be some things about the Essential Phone that dissuade you from buying it. But one thing you can't complain about is the handset's software support. Just a few days after the Pixel handsets received Android 9 Pie in early August, the Essential Phone also received the latest Android build. That made it at the time, the only non Google phone to receive the update.

Today, on October 1st, the Essential Phone has started to receive the October Android Security update. You can't get it any earlier than that. Besides bolstering the phone's defense against hackers and malware, the update returns notch support to the phone. This was introduced to the device back in April when it accompanied the update to Android 8.1 Oreo. The aforementioned update to Android 9 Pie removed this feature, setting off a loud yell by Essential users that was heard by the company.

The returned notch support allows Essential users to choose one of three options. They can decide to let the notch appear or disappear depending on the app currently on the screen. They can choose to always display the notch, or choose to always hide the notch.

The update carries software build PPR1.181005.034. When it arrives on your Essential Phone, there are a couple of things you need to do before starting the updating process; make sure that your phone is connected to a Wi-Fi signal or has a strong cellular connection, and fully charge the battery in your Essential Phone.


source: @essential

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67 Comments

1. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Hefty update at 265mb, got it 11 minutes after it was announced. That's how it's done!

29. Venom

Posts: 3778; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I agree. They put others to shame.

40. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

That's a fact. Also look at the trolls, SMH.

41. Venom

Posts: 3778; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I know, right?

2. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

Nice to see that Essential scored the October security update on day one, but I'm sure that having only one smartphone to worry about plays a part in this. Still, it's good to see this. Hopefully, they'll be around for an Essential Phone part 2, but I don't have high hopes for that, unfortunately. That's a shame, because I was really looking forward to trying one out, but I don't want to make that investment if they aren't going to be around too much longer.

6. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Well Samsung having billions more and one or two flagships at a time should mean they can at least keep up on the flagships but they can't.

8. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

Stop it. Samsung has much more than just flagships to update. Not making excuses, this is just a fact.

22. Venom

Posts: 3778; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I agree. That person is ill informed though. Samsung only has a two flagship phones and they fail at updating their devices. Blackberry has the Key devices, but they are just now getting Oreo on the first one while the second one doesn't have a timetable for Pie any time soon.

24. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

You’re the one that’s clearly ill-informed of you believe Samsung doesn’t update more than its flagships to the latest OS. BlackBerry has nothing to do with this article, but it’s always nice of you to prove me and others right when we say you have animosity against them.

28. Venom

Posts: 3778; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

They don't. Samsung is notorious for not updating their devices. What I said about blackberry is easily proven. It's not animosity at all.

34. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

“Their devices” includes their midrange and low end offerings. BlackBerry has nothing to do with this article, so it is animosity. The Pixel being updated first means little due to the infestation of bugs that always pop up, and that’s easily proven. But I didn’t mention them before as they have nothing to do with this article.

42. Venom

Posts: 3778; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Funny because I remember you doing the same many times before, but in your eyes it's a free pass because you post the "facts." You just want to find fault with my comment just because it was I who made it.

49. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

When you post facts (like me) as opposed to your fiction, you get a “free pass” because it’s the facts. And it’s you that found fault with what I said because I said it, remember? That’s why you took the cowardly potshot in your comment #22.

56. Venom

Posts: 3778; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Opinions don't count as facts, so you don't get a free pass other than to the corner with the dunce cap.

62. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

You need to take a real hard look at your own advice and apply it to yourself, or keep wearing that dunce cap.

7. Subie

Posts: 2415; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

I guess it depends on how true this article and many others like it from May are... https://www.phonearena.com/news/Essential-cancels-next-phone_id105185

9. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

It’s a real shame. I really wanted to try one out, but as I said, I’m just not willing to risk the chance of Essential not being around to make smartphones in the near future.

10. Subie

Posts: 2415; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

I feel the same way.

11. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3163; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Let me spare you the aggravation. If you're on T-Mobile you will want to rip your hair out one by one. The band support is there but there's some kind of unidentified issue perhaps with the antenna array that causes constant signal loss. The camera bugs have been exterminated and it's one sweet device to hold but unless you're using it as a Wi-Fi only device, it will end up against a brick wall. It's a goddam shame that such a nice phone doesn't work as a phone for sh*t.

12. Subie

Posts: 2415; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Maybe you're holding it wrong ;)

14. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

LMAO!

15. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3163; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

No, I got a good grip on it. Fingers slightly splayed like you would for a 4-seam fastball.

17. Subie

Posts: 2415; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

LOL, that poor brick wall...

30. Venom

Posts: 3778; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Well that particular brick wall is stubborn and one sided because they think everything they say is trumps anything anyone else says.

35. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

You just described yourself.

43. Venom

Posts: 3778; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Looks like your guilty conscience just exposed you.

50. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

Looks like you’re still talking about yourself.

57. Venom

Posts: 3778; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Looks like you have been served. Take the L.

19. Venom

Posts: 3778; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I think it's too advanced for him.

13. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lmao! Wow....thanks, I definitely won’t be buying one.

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