Essential Phone gets the latest version of Android on day one (again)

Essential Phone gets the latest version of Android on day one (again)
Essential Products entered the mobile world with a bang. Helmed by Android co-founder Andy Rubin, the company promised to deliver a phone that was pure Android in and out – no bloat, no padding, no garish design choices. Just the essentials in their most refined form. Well, the company did manage to deliver on its promise (for the most part, at least) with the Essential Phone, which was released in August of 2017.

Over the two years since the launch of the Essential Phone, Andy Rubin's new company went through quite a bit of troubles, culminating in the ultimate cancellation of the Essential Phone 2 last year, and in rumors that the company itself was up for sale. But despite all that, and despite the age of the Essential Phone, it is getting Android 10 day one.

When the phone got updated to Android Pie on release day last year, we weren't all that surprised, because it was just a year old. However, we did not expect to see Android 10 roll out to the Essential Phone on the same time it did on Pixel phones.

That said, here we are, with Android 10 available for the Essential Phone. There's a bit of a catch, though, in that the update is available for owners of the unlocked version of the phone in "select Open Markets." In other words, if you purchased the phone through Sprint when it launched, you'll have to wait a bit until you get the Android 10 OTA update.

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8 Comments

1. OneLove123

Posts: 1189; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

That's why I still have my essential phone

2. maherk

Posts: 6956; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

If they release the same phone with upgraded hardware, I would get that thing again.

3. OneLove123

Posts: 1189; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Yep, it seems like they update their phones as much as the pixel line.

4. palmguy

Posts: 983; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

So would I.

7. technut

Posts: 205; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

Same here.

5. bucknassty

Posts: 1353; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

damn.... showin out! if they had shipped with that gcam... this phone would have a completely different history

8. KingSam

Posts: 1472; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

They have one job.... Lol good to see the effects nonetheless.

9. Oculus

Posts: 6; Member since: Dec 17, 2017

I'm still waiting for it to drop on Sprint running beta 6

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