Keeping to its promise, Essential has begun rolling out a beta version of Android 8.1 Oreo for the Essential PH-1. Two weeks ago, it had announced that it would skip the Android 8.0 stable update as there are multiple issues with it. These issues are believed to have been fixed in Android 8.1, hence the reason for skipping 8.0.
The Oreo 8.1 beta update brings a number of new features such as dynamic calendar and clock icons. What this means is that the clock and calendar icons will show the time and date as the homescreen or notification bar.
The update also brings a beta fix for the slow-scrolling jitter that plagues the phone. Although Essential already released February’s security patch last week for those on the stable version, the beta update still includes it.
Ever since the Essential PH-1 launched, it has received several updates which brings fixes, new features, and security patches. We can’t think of a phone that has received as much updates as the Essential PH-1.