Essential Phone skipping Android Oreo 8.0, will soon receive 8.1

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Andy Rubin's Essential Phone launch confirmed shipping starts in few weeks Essential official website

Through the release of this update, WhatsApp fully benefits from one Android 8.0 Oreo feature, known as the "notification channels". However, this will add a couple of weeks to when the device finally gets updated to Oreo.

Last we heard, which was back in September previous year, the folks at Essential announced that they were working on the Android 8.0 Oreo update for the Essential Phone.

The update included EMUI 8.0 (Huawei's custom Android fork), several AI features inside of the camera app, a Dynamic Wallpaper feature, the ability to take 3D panoramas and a lot more, which you can read about here.

Andy Rubin's divisive first Essential Phone clearly didn't set the world on fire with either sales through its exclusive USA carrier partner or apparent overall demand.

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When we look deeper at Essential phones, the PH-1 is running right now on Android Nougat, which means it will go from Nougat to Oreo 8.1. Essential was quick to point out that Android 8.0 has had many stability issues. Ironically, it's still not as stable but at least Android 8.1 is the latest build.

Essential is a small team of people so they are really trying to do a lot under the gun here.

So rather than releasing Android 8.0 riddled with bugs, the Essential PH-1 will instead receive Android 8.1 Oreo. Did you notice any issues with your update? Let us know in the comments about your expectations for this update and if you think it is a good idea to skip Android 8 and move to Android 8.1.

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