Third Android Oreo beta hits the Essential Phone, minor changes included

Third Android Oreo beta hits the Essential Phone, minor changes included
Essential has yet to deliver Android Oreo to its flagship, the Essential Phone, but what's important is that the company is working to bring the update to the public as quickly as possible. In that regard, Essential debuted an Android Oreo beta program where Essential Phone owners can test the update before it gets released to everyone.

Up until now, two Essential Phone Android Oreo beta builds were released with fairly sizable changelogs. Today, the third Android Oreo beta made its way to Essential Phone devices eligible for the update.

Unlike either of the previous updates, the new beta build doesn't bring too many new features. In fact, the only thing that it wasn't included in the second beta is the January security patch and fixes for the Spectre and Meltdown exploits.

The changelog also mentions the update contains “misc stability and bug fixes,” but the rest of the changes listed aren't actually new, as they were part of the first and second beta builds.

If you've already flashed a previous Android Oreo beta on your Essential Phone, the new one should arrive OTA. Otherwise, you'll have to manually download the system image and flash it on the stable version of your Android OS.

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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 128GB
  • Battery 3040 mAh



2. Derekjeter

Posts: 1577; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

How good is this phone getting after so many updates? Is it worth the 399 that is selling for on amazon and other sites.

5. DocOc

Posts: 143; Member since: Apr 23, 2014

Yes, it is. You will not find a better phone for that price. Forget all the early reviews. I've had it for a few months now and everything has been ironed out. The phone is fantastic for the price.

3. FoxDavis

Posts: 60; Member since: Jul 12, 2012

It's it's well worth it at that price. Just don't drop it... haha

4. lallolu

Posts: 734; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

A colleague just bought one from his travel to the US and I have to admit that it is a very nice looking phone. It is also devoid of bloatware. I did not check the camera but judging from the reviews, it may not be great.

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