Essential Phone to get Android Q next year

Essential Phone to get Android Q next year
Back in May, the Essential Phone sequel was cancelled after word got out about poor sales of the OG model. But Essential continued supporting the phone. When Android 9 Pie was released last month, Essential Phone users got it almost at the same that Pixel users were able to install the latest Android build. And the company continues to host monthly Reddit AMAs, the latest of which was hosted today by the company's CTO, a software program manager, and a quality engineer.

The AMA revealed that yes, the Essential Phone will receive Android Q next year. That is good news for owners of the device. However, Android Q will be the last major Android update for the phone, although it will continue to receive security patches through August 2019.

The company also announced that the Audio Adapter HD announced in June, is now in the final certification stage with the FCC (which could take six weeks). Once that is completed, Essential will release information on pricing and availability. The module adds an earphone jack and an MQA supported DAC to provide "one of the best mobile audio experiences available."

While the Essential Phone does run Android 9 Pie, Essential isn't sure that it will be able to offer Google's Digital Wellbeing app. The latter monitors how long a person uses his/her Android handset every day, and which apps are being used the most. Digital Wellbeing can allow users to have their screen turn to grayscale after a certain amount of time in order to deter them from getting "addicted" to their handsets or certain apps. Essential isn't sure whether Google will make Digital Wellbeing available to non Pixel phones once the feature is out of beta.

Essential also said that there will be no update that adds a panorama mode for the camera. That might disappoint some users. But the notch settings that it removed with the update to Android 9 Pie will return when the October Android security update is sent out to the PH-1. There are three notch settings including Essential recommended, which uses settings made by Essential for the notch on an app-by-app basis. The Don't use notch area in landscape setting, when enabled, means that the area under the notch is not used when the phone is in landscape orientation. And the setting marked Always use notch area allows the area by the notch to be used in either portrait or landscape orientation.

source: Reddit

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  • Battery 3040 mAh

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17 Comments

1. andynaija

Posts: 1258; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

This is really great to hear! Also quiche is not a dessert.

10. jonathanfiuwx

Posts: 180; Member since: Mar 10, 2017

I'm cool with quesito

2. Shi.O

Posts: 50; Member since: Nov 11, 2011

The first notch but looks ugly phone. wish the bezel at the bottom is not that big.

9. jonathanfiuwx

Posts: 180; Member since: Mar 10, 2017

So true

3. maddy996

Posts: 125; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

This phone is ridiculously the best phone in the Android World if talk about after sale support.

4. AbhiD

Posts: 727; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

With just a single phone to update, support and no skin whatsoever on top, there should be no surprise seeing the kind of support it is getting. People are acting as if some miracle or something. What's praiseworthy though is the fact that they have stopped making new phones but yet are supporting the Essential PH 1

7. Whitedot

Posts: 776; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

Essential could virtually give no f**k but instead commited to continue updates.

5. MarvzIsFallen

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

Well maybe androids are not after in after support sales and pure android build just like in pixels. They just want an iphoneknockoffs.

6. BuffaloSouce unregistered

Most likely Android Quinoa but I vote for Quesarito

8. Nionx

Posts: 197; Member since: Oct 30, 2017

Essential. The phone that keeps on giving

11. palmguy

Posts: 979; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

Like the Energizer Bunny, it keeps going & going & going.......

12. rabramson2443

Posts: 48; Member since: May 12, 2018

It's unfortunate (at this point in time) that Essential won't be making a sequel, given its commitment to fast updates and superior hardware.

13. Joosty

Posts: 471; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

Okay okay I’ll get it out the way Android Queef

14. Sparkxster

Posts: 1214; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Android Quesito!

15. DnB925Art

Posts: 1167; Member since: May 23, 2013

Not bad, so it will have had 3 major OS updates, going from Nougat to whatever Q will be called and then security updates after that.

16. gamehead unregistered

Insane support.

17. Venom

Posts: 3428; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Wow, this is amazing. It's going to be getting Q along with the monthly security updates. This is just more proof that the Essential phone is still the best Android phone to get outside the Pixel phones.

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