Essential Phone gets the February security patch

Essential Phone Android flagship gets February 2018 security patch
Essential Phone
Although there is still a lot of work to be done in the camera software department, the Essential team was very quick in delivering this month's security patch from Google for the company's only handset.

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Andy Rubin's Essential Phone has been around for a few months, but so far it failed to live up to the hype that preceded its launch. Some of the reasons behind this situation, such as the price of the handset, were solved in the meantime. Sadly, there are still some problems that need to be ironed out. However, the Essential Phone has been receiving a lot of love when in terms of software updates, and the team in charge of this task has just managed to score another victory.

"We're rolling out a software update (NMK24B) that includes February 2018 Security Patches from Google," reads a Twitter message posted yesterday by the Essential team. A careful look at the replies this message received reveals that Essential Phone users on Sprint were stuck with the November update for some reason. Fortunately, it looks like Essential was able to sort things out with the carrier, so now even the users of their flagship who are on Sprint are receiving the NMK24B update.

The fact that Andy Rubin's flagship is not very popular is also an advantage for those who use it because the software updates usually reach all Essential Phone users on the same day. For other handsets, the updates roll out in waves, and it often takes more than a week to reach everyone.

The Essential Phone can currently be acquired from Amazon for US$499.99 alone, or US$604.98 when bundled with the 4K 360 camera designed just for it. After 612 customer reviews, the phone has a 4.2 out of 5 rating, but given its current price and ever-improving software, this figure can only go up.


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Codrut Nistor, 2018-02- 8 (Update: 2018-02- 8)
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