Essential Phone Users Can Now Try Out Oreo By Registering For Beta Program

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Nov 15, 2017
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After Samsung released Oreo beta for its select smartphones, it is now Essential Phone’s turn to get the taste of Oreo. During an AMA session on Reddit last month, the company revealed that it has started the internal testing for Oreo public beta and will make it available “within next several weeks”. The time has come for the public to be accessible to the Essential Phone users. Today, the company released the first public beta of Android 8.0 Oreo.

As we mentioned at the beginning of this article, Essential is not the first manufacturer to launch the beta program. OEMs like Samsung, Huawei, Nokia, and OnePlus have also opened public beta programs for their users. With beta programs, a limited number of users get the chance to try the new software update before it is rolled out to all the users. Essential Phone users can now try out the latest Android OS version without the need to wipe existing data or doing a factory reset. It will be manually sideloaded on the device with the help Android Debug Bridge, keep in mind that it is not available as OTA.

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Essential Phone users can follow this link to access download link and get step-by-step instructions for the process. Also, they can register their feedback for the beta update on the page.

Oreo beta program by Essential also brings support for Project Treble, which will ideally make it easier for Essential to offer software updates faster along with security updates.

Bluetooth issues and battery drain

It’s worth noting that beta builds can be unstable, which means that the users may experience battery drain when Bluetooth is in action and also some lags in “Android Auto compatibility issues with some vehicles”. These are some of the known bugs reported by beta program users on Essential Phone, more bugs may get reported in the coming days.

As of now, Essential has not revealed a timeline for the final update, but as the beta build is already out, we can expect it to arrive soon.

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