Essential Phone
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Despite many flaws in the testing of Android 8.0 beta builds, Essential Phone is not ready to take their steps back on Android Oreo. The company has decided that the phone will never see a stable Android 8.0 Oreo and instead of that, it will update directly from Android 7.1 Nougat to Android 8.1 Oreo.

The company has already gone through three beta builds which have addressed a number of bugs. This is good as well as bad news for the owners of Essential Phone sets because this will delay the public release of the update by a couple of weeks.

According to a tweet by the company, due to some stability issues on the Android 8.0 Oreo, they are unable to put it out on time. So, the company will address the stability issues directly with the 8.1 version. It has been said that there is no exact date for the official release of the Android 8.1 Oreo, but it can happen in February.

According to Essential Phone, the company will soon release an Oreo 8.1 beta which will be released to interested users. The company will continue doing the fine-tuning on the beta build with users valuable feedbacks.

According to the note, the company says it is also as eager as users to release Oreo update to the smartphone. The company is very confident that with this extension of an extra couple of weeks will end up delivering a delighted Oreo 8.1 on users Essential Phones.

Essential Phone was launched back in July 2017. The smartphone comes with a 5.71-inch screen with a resolution of 2560 x 7312 pixels and with 19:10 aspect ratio. The smartphone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor clubbed with a 4GB RAM along with a 128GB onboard storage. The phone will also feature a 3,040mAh battery, a USB Type-C port for fast wired charging.

Hope we will see the Android 8.1 soon on the Essential Phone in February.