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Essential Phone PH-1 Android 8.1 Oreo update now live for all users

Essential is rolling out the Android 8.1 update customers. (Source: Essential)
Essential is rolling out the Android 8.1 update customers. (Source: Essential)
Andy Rubin has green lit the rollout of the Android 8.1 Oreo update for the Essential Phone PH-1. The update is available immediately to all users over-the-air and brings a raft of new features to the device.
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Essential has finally released Android 8.1 as an update for its Phone PH-1. The update is rolling out to users over-the-air and bypasses the company’s previously planned update to Android 8.0. The first beta was only recently made available to customers, so the immediate release of the finished version comes as something of a surprise.

New features includes in the update include boot times that are twice as fast, smart text selection, instant apps and a picture-in-picture mode. Auto fill will now remember logins while apps will now also show when there is a notification via a small dot — a long press on the app will quickly reveal the notification, which can then be quickly swiped away. The Android 8.1 update also brings new emoji and a range of other features including Treble.

We’ve been playing with the Android 8.1 beta on the Essential Phone and note that it delivers a much improved experience over Nougat on the device. It runs much more smoothly and finally feels like the device is getting the most performance out of its Snapdragon 835 chipset. As a stock installation of Android, the UI is also clean and easy to navigate. The only major complaint that we still have with the device is its camera, which while beautifully integrated into the chassis, remains weaker than its competition.

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Sanjiv Sathiah
Sanjiv Sathiah - Senior Tech Writer - 1229 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I have been writing about consumer technology over the past ten years, previously with the former MacNN and Electronista, and now Notebookcheck since 2017. My first computer was an Apple ][c and this sparked a passion for Apple, but also technology in general. In the past decade, I’ve become increasingly platform agnostic and love to get my hands on and explore as much technology as I can get my hand on. Whether it is Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, Nintendo, Xbox, or PlayStation, each has plenty to offer and has given me great joy exploring them all. I was drawn to writing about tech because I love learning about the latest devices and also sharing whatever insights my experience can bring to the site and its readership.
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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2018-03-14 (Update: 2018-03-14)