Essential Phone Owners Rejoice – you can now download Android 8.0 Oreo!
If you are a proud owner of Andy Rubin’s latest Android device, the Essential Phone, you can now download the first build that updates the OS to Android 8.0 Oreo. Bear in mind this is still a public beta, with the build number of OPM1.170911.130, but it means that the Essential Phone is one of the few Android devices that support’s Google latest Android version.For those of you who are unaware, the Essential phone was praised for its original design, and novel screen-body ratio – which remains the highest in the current smartphone market at just under 85%! The download can be had right now from the Essential web site. Be aware that while users are invited to send their feedback for this first release, there may be some software issues.
The patch notes say that users may encounter “increased battery drain with Bluetooth enabled” along with “Android Auto compatibility issues with some vehicles.” Essential won’t be able to offer any support if you encounter problems with this update as of yet, either. If you do decide to download the Oreo beta, you will have to sideload it onto the Essential Phone using the ADB tool (get the latest version). The full instructions on how to do just that are available on the Essential web site. Needless to say, this beta release is targeting the true pioneers first, so you should feel comfortable with sideloading and other techniques before going through with this
You can get Android 8 Oreo beta for your Essential Phone via the source link below – just enter your email address and follow the required steps. Assuming that there won’t be major issues with this beta build, a stable Android 8 Oreo update will probably be released for all Essential Phone owners in the near future.
The Oreo Beta is pre-release software that may contain software bugs. We welcome and encourage you to let us know about issues you experience via our online form; however, our support team will not be equipped to troubleshoot any software issues that you may encounter on the Oreo Beta. If you decide that you don’t want to continue on the Oreo Beta, you can download and revert back to the latest production software build from the Current Builds section of this site. As noted below, downloading the Oreo Beta from us will not affect your Essential Limited Warranty rights, but may affect the terms of any third party warranty you may have.”
written by Arun Maini