The Essential Phone was one of the few devices that was blessed with the Android P Developer Preview. This is the first year any device outside of Google’s own lineup got a developer preview of the next Android version.
Google released the latest version of Android P for its own devices, coming in at Beta 2, and Essential joins in with its own Android P software update. Devices already running Android P can now be updated from the older Developer Preview to the latest Beta.
This update includes the June security patches, the latest Android P has to offer (which should include the final Android P APIs), improved adaptive brightness, and bug fixes. Early reports claim that the broken WiFi hotspot is now fixed, as well as problems with Facebook-related apps like Instagram and Messenger. If you’re still on Oreo, you’ll need to sideload the software, but if you’re on Android P you can just download the OTA update through settings!
Android P is moving from Dev Preview to Beta on Essential Phone! This update, rolling out now, includes the latest Android P code integration, improved adaptive brightness range, various stability fixes and June Security Patches. Learn more here: https://t.co/LWeH1iWrKq pic.twitter.com/PPnRD3YpIy
— Essential (@essential) June 7, 2018