Android 8.1 Oreo is now rolling out to all Essential Phone owners

Stable Android 8.1 Oreo rolling out to the Essential Phone

At the end of January, Essential announced that it would be skipping a full release of Android 8.0 Oreo, instead going straight to 8.1. Even after three beta releases, the company felt that the update wasn't stable enough for a public release. After a few months running an Android Oreo beta program, however, Essential is finally rolling out a build to all its users.

Essential says to "check your phone now" for the 8.1 Oreo update, and if you don't see it yet, you should be able to download and install it over the next couple of days. Originally meant to launch with the vanilla version of Oreo, Essential opted instead for the latest version due to some stability concerns.

All of the standard Android Oreo features are mentioned in the update's changelog which includes picture-in-picture mode, improved notifications, Instant Apps, and more. If you own an Essential Phone, you can get the new Oreo 8.1 update today by checking for updates. Essential is adding the March security update, dynamic calendar and clock icons, and an apparent fix for the slow scrolling jitter.

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