Essential releases Android 8.1 Beta instead of Android 8.0


Up until now, only the Google Pixel lineup has seen Android 8.1, so it's interesting to see Essential being among the first to adopt the update.

Android 8.0 Oreo is undoubtedly the most advanced Android update till date and for that very same reason, people around the world have been waiting for this update on their respective Android smartphones.

The company made the decision to skip Oreo 8.0 after discovering several unspecified stability issues. After the update for the Essential Camera app, here is a new one. That being said, both the Honor 8 Pro and Honor 9 have been announced last year, the Honor 8 Pro is the company's phablet, while the Honor 9 is still the company's compact flagships, at least until it successor arrives later this year. New features include the standard Oreo stuff like picture-in-picture, dynamic icons, and Autofill, as well as device-specific additions such as EMUI 8.0, a floating navigation bar, a Dynamic Wallpaper feature, and so on.

Juho Sarvikas has confirmed in a tweet that the Nokia 3 would soon get Android Oreo beta build, giving a hint that it's just a matter of time before the handset receives the final version.

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Even bad news is often sweetened when communicated sincerely and in a timely fashion, which "Team Essential" is trying to do today.

As far as we have heard, we have not heard of phone manufacturers running into any issues with Android 8.0.

The new course of action for Essential is to skip Android 8.0 entirely. However, apart from the fact that you need to have the newest Android version installed, the recipients of the message also need to have the same software version for this action to be successful. Did you notice any issues with your update?