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 Android Q update
- Android Q update confirmed
Through one of its Reddit AMAs held every month, Essential has confirmed that the Essential Phone 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. This will be the third and last major OS upgrade for the device, but there will still be monthly security patches available for you.
Essential Phone Android 9 Pie update
- Released on August 6, 2018
Google released Android Pie beta in March 2018 and the Essential Phone was among the first non-Google devices to embrace the program. The result of this early test coupled with Google’s Project Treble is that the Essential Phone just received Android Pie stable OTA at the same time as the Google Pixel and Pixel 2.
Given that the Essential Phone debuted with Nougat out of the box and has since been upgraded to Oreo, it seems Pie is the last major OS upgrade. However, considering that OnePlus just confirmed a third major OS upgrade for the OnePlus 3 and 3T, it’s likely that the Essential Phone may be in line to receive Android Q.
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Essential Phone update timeline
|04 Sep 2018||PPR1.180905.036 | Android 9||September 2018 security patch|
|06 Aug 2018||PPR1.180610.091 | Android 9||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|
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