Essential PH-1 will skip Android 8.0 in favor of Android 8.1 Oreo

Android Oreo is almost ready for the Essential PH-1 smartphone, though there has been a change in events. Midway through the beta program, Essential reached out to its fan base on Twitter to confirm that its Essential Phone will skip Android 8.0 and be updated straight to Android 8.1 Oreo (very latest version).

Manufacturers have elected to do this with past iterations of Android, though we haven’t exactly seen it happen with recent versions of the operating system. Anyway, now you know what’s happening.

As of right now, only Pixel phones, select Nexus handsets and a few third-party devices run this version of the platform. We’re kind of surprised Google hasn’t announced a second update since Android 8.0 Oreo, which was the case last year with Android 7.1.2 Nougat. Perhaps this means Android P will be here sooner than we think.

If you’re an Essential Phone owner hungry for Oreo, the skipping of Android 8.0 means that you’ll have to wait a few extra weeks for a public release. Essential confirmed this in a tweet on Tuesday. Remember though, it might be worth it as Android 8.1 includes bonus features. Plus, you can always sign up for the beta program if it suite you. No exact release date has been specified, though the public roll out is said to begin in late February.

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.

SOURCE [Essential on Twitter]

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