Essential rolls out Android 8.1 Oreo Beta update

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Essential has officially announced that the Android 8.1 Oreo Beta update rolls out to the Essential Phones running on Android 8.0 Oreo’s Beta updates. The company has released two Beta updates of Android 8.0 Oreo. Today, the phone receives Android 8.1 Oreo Beta update. So yes, the Essential Phone will directly receive Android 8.1 Oreo’s stable update instead of Android 8.0 Oreo update.Ā 

The company has already released a statement regarding the Oreo update that they will release the Android 8.1 Oreo directly and not the Android 8.0 Oreo update for the Essential Phones. As promised, the Android 8.1 Oreo Beta update now rolls out for the devices.

The Essential Phones which run on Android 7.1 Nougat Operating System will also be able to side load the Android 8.1 Oreo Beta update for testing purpose. The company is rolling out this update via OTA for the Beta testers of Android 8.0 Oreo update. They are still working on the website to upload the update to download it manually for the respective devices.



As per the official announcement, “We just started rolling out Oreo Beta 8.1 through OTA. This update includes February security patches, dynamic calendar and clock icons, a slow-scrolling jitter fix (beta), and more.#EssentialPhone.” You can find out the embedded Tweet made by the Essential from here.

The new Android 8.1 Oreo Beta update brings a variety of new features to the phone including February Month’s Security Patch. Along with this, the update also brings new Apps icons with dynamic calendar.



Many of the Essential Phone users have complaint about the slow scrolling issue on their phone. Well, this update has fixed this issue and now you would be able to scroll down faster than ever. Apart from this, the update bringsĀ smart text selection, instant apps, picture in picture, and quicker boot up and sign-in. So yes, all the essential features of the Oreo update are here with the new Android 8.1 Oreo beta update.

Since the original Android 8.0 Oreo update has some stability issues, the company has already announced that they will not make the public update of Android 8.0 Oreo update for the Essential Phones. Still they have released a couple of Beta updates for the testers and developers.

The new Android 8.1 Oreo Beta update seeds out to the users running on Android 8.0 Oreo Beta update. The update is released over the air and the users will likely to receive a push notification regarding this update to their phone’s display.



Once you receive a notification regarding a new update, just select the notification and you would be taken to download the update. On the download page, you would see the Changelog with other essential information about the update. Click the Download button to download the update.

After this, you can follow basic instructions to install the update to your phone. Once the update installed, your device will be upgraded to the new Android 8.1 Oreo update and you would be able to explore all the new features of this update right on your Essential Phone.