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.
Samsung has begun working on Android 8.0 Oreo builds for the Galaxy devices that follow, Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy A3, Galaxy A5, and Galaxy Tab S3.
Google has shared with us the Android distribution figures as of February, 2018.
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).
Essential PH-1 owners who are enrolled or want to enroll in the company’s Android 8.0 Oreo beta program can now install the latest beta 3 update. The build could be the last before the public version, and includes a handful of patches and bug fixes as you would expect.
LG G6 smartphone owners in China can now sample Google’s Android 8.0 Oreo software with beta V19A. This is good news, even for those of you who own an LG G6 and don’t reside in China, because it likely means that a public update is just around the corner.
Samsung has polished up some bugs, and features in need of improvement with its latest Oreo beta for Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. The two Samsung models will be first among all the company’s smartphones to receive Google’s Android 8.0 software. This is the fifth beta, meaning that the public upgrade should be here very soon, perhaps next month.
We have exciting news for Essential PH-1 owners currently on the Android 8.0 Oreo beta track. Beta 2 is now being rolled out for download and installation. The build number is OPM1.170911.213, and it should include a handful of patches and bug fixes as you would expect.