Essential Phone gets Android 9 Pie update already, on the day of Google's official release

06 August 2018
That's pretty much unheard of in the Android world.

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  • Baer

All I know is, I got the pie update to my Essential phone and it completely crashed. I can't even get it to accept my password to log back on my phone.

  • Anonymous

Luxor, 08 Aug 2018At one point they kinda did died once. The rumor is that they are seeking a buyer, or at least making it known that they might be open to that. But if they have no products in development (products with a wider appeal than accessories for a single phone), they have nothing of interest to a buyer or investor.

They haven't shuttered the doors, so they must be working on new ideas, and building their reputation for product (and existing customer) support.

Anonymous, 07 Aug 2018Essential employees are working on new products, just not a... moreAt one point they kinda did died once.

  • Andy

Putting the manufacturers to shame. I bet even the Xiaomi Mi A1 doesn't get the update for a few months

  • Anonymous

PeterThePanda, 07 Aug 2018Maybe if they placed the ESSENTIAL features on their next p... moreA lot of people on these boards don't seem to understand the meaning of the word 'essential'; perhaps they should look it up.

  • Anonymous

Luxor, 07 Aug 2018Obviously because Essential is small company with only one ... moreEssential employees are working on new products, just not a new mobile handset. If all they did was sit around adapting code for the PH-1 they might as well shut down, as there would be no potential for future profit and no point continuing.

  • 1luv

gt, 07 Aug 2018*lose*I need some cherry pie

  • gt

gtperformah, 07 Aug 2018They got rid of the full screen option for essential. So b... more*lose*

  • gtperformah

They got rid of the full screen option for essential. So be prepaid to loose 10% of your screen for videos and games. It's worse than before.

  • jamesbay

PeterThePanda, 07 Aug 2018Maybe if they placed the ESSENTIAL features on their next p... moreTotally agree. I really wanted to like this phone, but it does need an ESSENTIAL upgrade.

Loller, 07 Aug 2018Lol. Has your phone stopped working since yesterday? Samsun... moreWhile it does have many features pure-androids never dreamed of, the Pie brings other new features that samsung doesn't have yet.

  • Anonymous

paco2x, 06 Aug 2018A small and almost dying company can push timely OS updates... moreThey don't matter. At this point android barely upgrades each version.

I am glad that many OEMS don't care about chasing Google's schedule...

Maybe if they placed the ESSENTIAL features on their next phone (if it will happen) like Expandable storage, a headphone jack, IP68 water resistance, easy repairability, and a great camera, they might sell better than what happen to the PH-1.

  • Carol

Good for them.

  • Kuba

in China i bought my essential phone for... 230 dollars! In July, until now no problems. Best purchase ever !!!
btw. install now Android 9 or keep 8.1 ? I worry about some apps wont work well.

  • Loller

Anonymous, 07 Aug 2018note 8 runs on android 8.0 - not even 8.1 :-( I wasted my ... moreLol. Has your phone stopped working since yesterday? Samsung already has all the features of P since N.

Small dying company that is still working on timely updates.
Commended!

  • Anonymous

note 8 runs on android 8.0 - not even 8.1 :-(
I wasted my money on samsung

That phone is made by Andy Rubin, so that's why it's get an Android P update soon.

Essential phone company is being run by some Google left executives that's why they are on the top list , basically same as pixel devices