Essential Phone gets Android 8.1 Oreo stable update

Last month Essential has released the beta version of android 8.1 oreo for its Essential Phone (PH-1) users. After successfully tested the beta version, now they were rolling out the stable Android 8.1 Oreo update for everyone. The manufacturer has officially notified this software update roll out on their twitter page. Earlier they’ve tested the android 8.0 beta build, but after addressing several bugs they’ve skipped the 8.0 and directly released the 8.1 version.


This stable firmware carries the new build number OPM1.180104.092. If you’re upgrading from Nougat 7.1 version means then the download size will be in 1015 MB (1 GB). The beta participants who are in android 8.1 beta build will receive this firmware update as 276 MB. We’ve update the changelog of Android 8.1 Oreo for Essential Phone (PH-1).

Android Oreo features:

  • Picture in Picture Mode, Smart text selection, instant apps
  • Improved booting speed and app sign-in option
  • Google Play Protect security scans to prevent from spamming apps

Essential Phone improvements:

  • Newly added Dynamic calendar and clock icons
  • Fixes the slow scrolling Jitter issue
  • March 5 2018 android security patch


The update screenshot reveals they were pushing this software update via OTA. Note the Sprint & TELUS network users will not receive this firmware update right now, because of additional approval. They will get instant update once the further testing and verification has completed. Use the recommended internet connection to download the update without errors. Before upgrading your device back up the personal files for safety.