It’s a couple of weeks since Essential announced it was skipping Android 8.0 Oreo due to ‘stability issues’ and would instead concentrate its efforts on Oreo 8.1 where it hoped these ‘issues’ would be solved. The smartphone maker said at the time that it hoped to begin rolling out an Oreo 8.1 beta to the Essential Phone in a couple of weeks, and true to its word, an OTA has just started rolling out. 

If you were already enrolled for the Android 8.0 Oreo beta, you’ll automatically get the Oreo 8.1 beta via OTA. For those that didn’t take part in the beta, you’ll be able to download the beta firmware and flash manually via from here.

The changelog for the Android 8.1 Oreo beta runs as follows:

  • Addition of Dynamic Calendar and Clock icons
  • February 2018 Security Patch
  • Fix for Slow Scrolling Jitter (Beta)

There aren’t many phones other than Google’s Pixel phones that have had the February Security Patch rolled out to them, but Essential has managed to pack it into the beta firmware.

Despite it being reported that Essential only managed to sell 88,000 units during 2017, the company deserves heaps of praise for its commitment to rolling out software updates to its début smartphone. If you own an Essential Phone and are enrolled in the beta, have you received the Android 8.1 Oreo beta OTA yet? If so, has it solved the jittery scrolling?

Source: Essential (Twitter)


He’s been an Android fan ever since owning an HTC Hero, with the Dell Streak being his first phablet. He currently carries a Huawei P10 and a Galaxy Tab S2 8.0. When not immersed in the world of Android and gadgets, he’s an avid sports fan, and like all South Africans, he loves a good Braai (BBQ).






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