This is When Essen­tial Phones Might Get Android Oreo Update


One of the highly anticipated Android devices released this year, Andy Rubin’s Essential smartphone — currently running Android Nougat — is definitely going to get Android Oreo update, and according to the company executives, that’s going to be soon.


Andy Rubin alongside his company officials ran a Reddit AMA last Thursday, answering a lot of questions regarding the device’s software, hardware as well as add-ons.

In addition to Andy Rubin, the following Essential officials also took part in the AMA: Linda Jiang, Essential’s Head of Industrial Design; Dave Evans, Essential’s VP of Design; Rebecca Zavin, Essential’s VP of Software; Joe Tate, Essential’s VP of Hardware.

Talking about Android Oreo, a company executive mentioned that the Android 8 Oreo update will grace the Essential smartphones soon, giving an estimated time frame of ‘2 month-ish’ — that is, probably November.

Answering another question related to developer resources and the ETA of Android Oreo, VP of software Rebecca Zavin said, “Android O will be coming in the next month or two”.

All in all, you can expect the Essential smartphones to receive an Android Oreo update either in October or November. We’re hoping that the Android Oreo update won’t face the same delay that the device did.

While Google has already rolled out the Android Oreo update for its compatible Nexus and Pixel devices, other companies like HTC, Motorola, OnePlus, and Nokia have also announced the update for their devices.

Essential Phone Specs and Features


  • OS: The Android-based device will come with its customised UI built on the latest Android Oreo operating system.
  • Memory and Storage: It features 4GB RAM and 128GB (UFS 2.1) of internal storage.
  • The Essential phone comes encased in a titanium body with a ceramic back and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 covering the display.
  • Processor: Andy Rubin’s Essential smartphone is powered by Qualcomm’s 64-bit, octa-core Snapdragon 835 processor which is based on the latest 10nm tech, clocks at 2.45GHz and is supported by Adreno 540 GPU.
  • Display and Design: The device sports a 5.7-inch QHD (2560 x 1312) display with 19:10 aspect ratio which takes up a major portion of the front panel of the device, leaving little bezel on the bottom.
  • Primary Camera: The Essential phone sports a 13MP dual-lens camera with image fusion tech that assists in a smooth functioning of the 360-degree camera accessory which is supplied as an option alongside the device and is the smallest 360-degree personal camera in the world.
  • Secondary Camera: The front camera of the Essential smartphone is an 8-megapixel unit with a 16:9 aspect ratio. Both the front and rear camera records videos at 4k (30fps), 1080p (60fps) and 720p (120fps).
  • Battery: The Essential Phone is backed by a 3040mAh battery, which supports fast charging via the USB Type-C port.

The device is currently available in only two colors — Black Moon and Pure White — but other colors like Stellar Grey and Ocean Depths will also go into production soon.

The company also subjected their device to a drop test which survived the fall without even a scratch on its titanium surface.

The device comes without any logo on the phone as the company believes — “Just because we played a part in making it doesn’t mean you should be forced to advertise that fact to everyone in your life”.

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