Essential Says Skipping Android 8.0 for Android 8.1
Essential Products said via its Twitter account that it will not update the Essential Phone to Android 8.0 Oreo. Instead, it intends to update the handset directly to Android 8.1. The company said it "discovered several stability issues" in Android 8.0 that gave it cause for concern. It will instead focus its efforts on Android 8.1. It expects to release the Android 8.1 beta early next month and will go from there. Essential hopes customers won't mind waiting an extra few weeks for the system update.
Mar 13, 2018
Essential Products today said that the PH-1 Essential Phone is now receiving the Android Oreo 8.1 update. Essential says both beta testers and general users should be able to check for and download the update via the systems settings.
May 22, 2018
Twitter is dropping support for native emojis from platform vendors such as Google and Samsung in its Android app and replacing them with Twemoji. At issue is compatibility with old devices.
Jun 13, 2018
Twitter today announced a number of changes to the way it arranges tweets, trends, and topics in order to help people find and read about the things that interest them. For example, breaking news will now be added to the Happening Now tool that appears at the top of users' feeds.
Sep 18, 2017
Essential Products today indicated that its smartphone, the PH-1, will eventually receive the latest system update from Google. "Get your milk ready — #AndroidOreo is coming soon to Essential Phone.