Brought to our attention this afternoon, a beta for Oreo is now available for download to the Essential Phone, but you’ll need a bit of ADB experience if you intend on flashing it.
Listed as OPM1.170911.130, this is the first beta for the Oreo update, so you can expect some bugs. Currently, Essential lists that flashers may experience:
- Increased battery drain with bluetooth enabled
- Android Auto compatibility issues with some vehicles
On Essential’s website, they provide a complete list of instructions for how to download, sideload, and flash the update. They also specifically state that you won’t need to wipe your data, so that’s a plus. If you want to give this beta a try, we also have complete instructions on ADB sideloading here.
Essential is not messing around with the updates, folks.