Essential Phone getting new Android 8.1 Oreo update with April security patch

Essential Phone getting new Android 8.1 Oreo update with April security patch
The Essential Phone got the promised Android 8.1 Oreo update last month, but the US company behind the unique handset is now pushing out yet another build of the OS. The new update promised to add some security improvements, as well as other bug fixes and under-the-hood enhancements.

First off, the new Android 8.1.0 Oreo build (141) brings the April security patch, the update that's been released by Google. But that's not all that Essential Phone owners get in this update.

Some modem stability fixes have been implemented too, along with Bluetooth 5.0 certification and improved performance and bug fixes. For gamers, the update should make wonders since the Essential Phone will now handle external game controllers properly.

The OTA (over the air) rollout has already begun, so you should see a notification on your Essential Phone soon. If not, try to push it manually by heading to Settings / About Phone / Software update.

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. torr310

Posts: 1667; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

That's so fast!

2. paradoxdeity

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 06, 2018

Still no update on Sprint...

10. fyah_king unregistered

I have two of them from Sprint. It has been updated.

14. whatisdylar

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 09, 2018

You must not have bought it from Sprint, locked.

3. Tziggy14

Posts: 624; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

For a smartphone that barely sold much, they're pretty consistent on updates. Gotta give it to them for that at least.

4. Firenze91

Posts: 206; Member since: Nov 19, 2014

But still missing essential features such as LED notification, 3.5mm jack, micro SD card

6. TechNeck

Posts: 655; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

Dude it has a LED Notification light. At least read up before you start ranting over nothing.

11. fyah_king unregistered

128GB is more than enough for me. I still have 80GB

15. whatisdylar

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 09, 2018

Why do people need more than 128GB of storage?!?!

5. notfair

Posts: 753; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

and I am still on the 1st of january android patch oreo 8.0 on my nice mate 10 pro .. makes me sad... on the bright side i am satisfied with the camera and the software... still huawei could and should do better if they want to compete with the likes of sammy and apple.

7. Razrman

Posts: 100; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Huawei is not known for speedy updates.

8. shnibz

Posts: 510; Member since: Sep 18, 2011

I kinda wish I had got the Essential Phone on Black Friday instead of the Huawei Mate 9. It was a super tough choice. Mate 9 is great though

12. fyah_king unregistered

Essential phone is great. The camera is not as bad as the reviewers are saying. It’s snappy and they have the best notch imo.:)

13. yalokiy

Posts: 1043; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

I wanted to buy essential phone, but heard it had issues with Bluetooth, WiFi, network range and connectivity, random reboots, slow fingerprint. From what I read on xda/Amazon/YouTube, these issues still persist even after Oreo update. I still love it's looks, dimensions and no logos concept though. Hope they'll deliver a better polished device with ph2. I would certainly get one then.

16. whatisdylar

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 09, 2018

I've had the Essential since it debuted, and I've never had any of those problems. Not one. The camera is the only downside (still). It's good but nowhere near as good as I want it to be.

9. Texman82

Posts: 8; Member since: Apr 07, 2018

I don't understand all the hate. This is the best phone if you like the experience of Nexus phones. For me, the camera is just fine. And let's be honest, it's not like your photos aren't being featured on National Geographic because you used this phone.

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