After testing the Android 8.0 Oreo for a couple of months, Essential has decided to directly move to the Android 8.1 Oreo update for PH-1. This may sound fishy, but it s only good news for the users. Also Read - OnePlus Co-founder Carl Pei's Nothing startup acquires Essential smartphone brandAlso Read - Essential Phone PH-1 gets February 2020 security patch
Basically, Essential Phone users will be going to the latest version without any extra wait time or beta programs. However, if you see the decision behind the jump, it is a little disconcerting. Essential cites several stability issues in Android 8.0 Oreo that are triggering this change. Also Read - Essential Phone PH-1 gets January 2020 security patch and audio improvements
Through your testing and feedback, we discovered several stability issues in Oreo 8.0 that we believe will be addressed in Oreo 8.1. So we ve made the decision to focus our energy on Oreo 8.1 instead of releasing 8.0, which will push the public release of Oreo back a couple weeks, Essential wrote in a post.
As announced, Android Oreo 8.1 beta update will be available for Essential Phone users soon, but no specific timing has been revealed.
One of the features to really look forward to in the Android 8.1 Oreo update is the new ability to gauge Wi-Fi speeds before you actually connect to the network. In a tweet yesterday, Android teased the new feature. It doesn t reveal the exact bandwidth reading, but it categorizes the speed into Slow, Ok, Fast, Very Fast.
Recently, HMD Global too announced a rollout to Nokia 8 soon, making it one of the first of the lot to get the update. To be a beta tester for the Nokia 8 Android 8.1 Oreo update, users will have to head to the Nokia phone beta labs page, and sign up with their Google account. After registering with IMEI number and other details, Nokia 8 users will get Android 8.0 Oreo software update notification within hours of registration. The update is rolled out over-the-air.