Finally Essential Phone PH-1 has started getting it’s first Android 8.1 Oreo beta from Essential. The company earlier announced to skip the Android 8.0 release and decided to jump directly to Android 8.1 Oreo update. It seems today is the day, Android 8.1 Oreo beta 1 carrying build number OPM1.180104.010 is released for beta testers.
If you are already running Android 8.0 Oreo beta 3 then you might probably be getting the OTA notification anytime soon, the update weighs in at roughly 492.9MB for those on 8.0 Beta 3. You can head to Settings > About device > System updates to manually check for the OTA or proceed below to download the OPM1.180104.010 factory image for Essential Phone PH-1 and install it manually on your device.
The Android 8.1 Oreo update doesn’t bring so much instead a few tweaks and improvements in the system. Great news is that the company tossed in February’s security patch and dynamic calendar and clock icons. Slow Scrolling Jitter has been Fixed that could add some much needed stability and smoothness to the Essential Phone’s user experience.
Download Android 8.1 Oreo OPM1.180104.010 beta for Essential Phone
The update is available to download as build OPM1.180104.010 from the link below, the Android 8.1 Oreo beta 1 update for Essential Phone is not released via OTA so you need to manually install it on your device via adb sideload by following the instruction below.
Before you begin:
Install latest USB drivers if necessary. Download them here
You need to set up adb and fastboot drivers on PC, follow this guide to install them right away.
Unlock bootloader on your Essential Phone, follow this guide to unlock it right away.
Enable USB Debugging on Essential Phone. Go to Settings > Developer options > USB Debugging.
A Working USB Cable is required.
Process to install OPM1.180104.010 Android 8.1 Oreo beta 1 OTA on Essential Phone
Download the Android 8.1 Oreo beta factory image from the download section in a new folder.
Reboot your device into Download mode, Turn of the device completely and then press Power+ Volume Down at the same time.
Connect your device to PC.
Boot Essential Phone into bootloader/fastboot mode, here is the process to do that.
Extract the firmware zip file and click on flash all.bat if you are are Windows user.
Grab the Android 8.1 Oreo beta 1 OPM1.180104.010 OTA zip for Essential Phone. Download
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