Essential had a change in plans for Android Oreo. The company announced several Android 8.0 beta upgrades for its Essential Phone, but later decided to skip the update for Android 8.1. The first Android 8.1 beta was introduced last week, and now the company has come out with a new way to get it.
Essential has struggled to get to scale, but has promised Android 8.1 Oreo to all Essential Phone owners. The company’s latest beta update brings new features introduced in Android 8.1, as well as a scrolling jitter fix. The company hasn’t released a new update just yet, but will now let Essential Phone owners opt-in to its beta program over-the-air.
What this means is, you no longer have to flash system images manually to test the upcoming software. Most companies are doing this as of late to make things easier on the end of the consumer, and we expect it to continue. All you have to do is head over to Essential’s Beta Builds page, choose the ‘over-the-air’ option, fill out a form, and enroll. From there the update should hit your device, like any other update would, within just a few days.
You can get started at the link below if you’re not already part of Essential’s beta program. For more on what’s new, head here.
Shall you want to learn more about Android updates, hit up our Droid Updates Series that runs weekly, where we provide a roundup of all the updated devices each week.