Essential Phone update: Android Q confirmed; January 2019 patch rolling out

The Essential Phone launched with lots of expectations, both from the makers and consumers. However, things have been quite rough along the way, which is pretty normal for any novice entity. As time progresses, though, the Essential Phone has gotten better all thanks to the impressive software support team and it’s even going to get better.

Essential Phone update timeline

Date Software version Changelog
07 Jan 2018 PPR1.181005.116 | Android 9.0 January 2019 security patch
03 Dec 2018 PPR1.181005.099 | Android 9.0 December 2018 security patch
05 Nov 2018 PPR1.181005.076 | Android 9.0 November 2018 security patch and support for Essential Audio Adapter HD
01 Oct 2018 PPR1.181005.034 | Android 9.0 October 2018 security patch, restores settings for customizing the notch area
04 Sep 2018 PPR1.180905.036Android 9.0

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September 2018 security patch
06 Aug 2018 PPR1.180610.091 | Android 9.0

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Installs Android 9 Pie stable OS and August 2018 security patch
04 July 2018 OPM1.180104.267 | Android 8.1 July 2018 security patch and Android Auto stability improvements
07 May 2018 OPM1.180104.166 | Android 8.1 May 2018 security patch
07 Apr 2018 OPM1.180104.141 | Android 8.1 April 2018 security patch, support for Bluetooth 5.0, fixes for network modem for better connectivity, and improved handling of external game controllers
13 Mar 2018 OPM1.180104.092 | Android 8.1 Installs Android 8.1 Oreo stable, March 2018 security patch, and fixes slow scrolling jitter problem
14 Feb 2018 OPM1.180104.010 | Android 8.1 Installs Android 8.1 Oreo beta, February 2018 security patch, and bug fixes
06 Dec 2017 NMJ32F | Android 7.1 Fixes for International LTE Roaming, KRACK, and other bugs
15 Nov 2017 OPM1.170911.130 | Android 8.0 Installs Android 8.0 Oreo beta (later canceled in favor of Oreo 8.1)
14 Oct 2017 NMJ03B | Android 7.1 Fixes bugs, improved performance, updates the camera app and further includes some framework changes
14 Sep 2017 NMI30E | Android 7.1 Pre-installed

Essential Phone Android Q update

  • Android Q update confirmed

Through one of its Reddit AMAs held every month, Essential confirmed that the PH-1 will be upgraded to Android Q in 2019. Google is expected to launch Q developer preview in Q1 2019 and follow it with a stable rollout in August 2019 or maybe earlier, which is when we can expect the PH-1 to receive the Q update.

Q will be the third and last major OS upgrade for the device.

RelatedAndroid Q: Expected name, features, and more

Essential Phone Android 9 Pie update

  • Stable update released on August 6, 2018
  • Public beta testing had started in May 2018

Thanks to the support for Google’s Project Treble, the Essential Phone received Android Pie stable OTA at the same time as the Google Pixel and Pixel 2.

Related: The best Android Pie features

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