Essential Phone Will Skip Android 8.0 and Go Straight to Android 8.1 Oreo

Essential Phone Will Skip Android 8.0 and Go Straight to Android 8.1 Oreo

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Andy Rubin-backed startup company Essential started talking about Oreo beta builds for the Essential Phone in October 2017, and a little over a month later, the phone received its first Oreo beta firmware. Since then, it’s gotten not one, but two additional beta Oreo updates, but they’ve both been based on 8.0 Oreo — until now, there hasn’t been much talk of 8.1 Oreo. However, the team announced this week on Twitter that it still has “stability issues” to work out with Oreo that 8.1 will address, and that it’s made the decision to focus its energy on Oreo 8.1 instead of releasing 8.0.

In the meantime, Essential’s working to make available a beta update based on Android 8.1 Oreo by the end of next week. Essential Phone owners who haven’t sideloaded any of the Oreo beta builds will get an update to Android 8.1 Oreo when it’s released in the next few weeks.

Throughout the Oreo 8.0 beta, a number of issues pushed back the company’s update timeframe and necessitated subsequent patches. But the company took advantage of the prolonged development to add full support for Project Treble, improve the phone’s battery life and speed up its boot sequence, and ship fixes for Spectre and Meltdown.

“We appreciate your continued patience and support,” Essential said. “We’re just as eager to release Oreo as you are to receive it, and we’re confident these extra couple of weeks will help ensure that you’re delighted with Oreo on your Essential Phone.”

Of course, like most update schedules in the smartphone industry, the Oreo update’s release window could be pushed back again if the team runs into issues. We’ll likely learn more about the stable 8.1 Oreo build a week or two after the community’s had a chance to test it.