Today in Android: Essential Phone Receives Oreo 8.1 Update, OnePlus 3, 3T Get April Security Patch

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The Essential phone has had its set of problems since its release, and thankfully, software updates were not on that otherwise long list. However, users had to wait a long time for the update, because of the company opting to skip Android Oreo 8.0 altogether and make the jump to Oreo 8.1, citing compatibility issues. There was an open beta for Oreo 8.1 launched for users some time ago, and now, the stable release is ready for download OTA.

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Apart from the usual Oreo 8.1 changes the update also brings the April 2018 security patch, along with some modem stability fixes. It also allows for handling of gaming controllers, much to the delight of people who use gaming peripherals. Perhaps, the most significant change is Bluetooth 5.0 certification, which will allow users to enjoy twice the connection speed with Bluetooth devices, a higher range of connection, a lower power draw and support for lots of Internet of Things (IoT) devices. To install the update, navigate to the system settings and manually check for an update. You might have to wait a bit, as it is being rolled out incrementally.

Latest OxygenOS Open Beta for OnePlus 3/3T brings April Security Patches

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With the upcoming OnePlus 6 hogging all the attention, it can be easy to forget OnePlus' devices' of the yesteryears, namely the OnePlus 3 and 3T. Today the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T are receiving the OxygenOS open beta 34, which includes improved location accuracy for weather and a “network boost” feature in Gaming Mode, UI tweaks to the clock app and new app migration tools in OnePlus Switch. There is also a new membership card in the Shelf. Most importantly, the build brings the April security patch to the devices. Users already enrolled in the beta program will soon receive the update OTA. If you're running a stable build and want to flash the beta, follow the instructions at this link.

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