Essential recently said that it plans to update the Essential Phone to Android 8.1, and today the first beta update has started rolling out.
Essential is now pushing an Android 8.1 Oreo beta update over the air. The update includes dynamic calendar and clock icons, a slow scrolling jitter fix, the February 2018 Google security patches, and other goodies.
If you’re already running a beta update on your Essential Phone, you should see this Android 8.1 beta on your device in the coming days. If you’re not on a beta, you can register for Essential’s beta program here.
There’s no word on when Essential will push the full Android 8.1 release to all Essential Phone owners, but it is nice to see the company making progress with its Oreo update for the Essential Phone and offering a beta to those brave enough to try it.