Android Oreo 8.1 is now out on the Essential Phone, the company announced on Twitter today. Essential Phone users just have to check their phones and download the update. Android Oreo 8.1 had previously been out on beta for Essential beta testers. Essential has said that it was skipping a release of Android 8.0 because of “several stability issues.”
The new version of Oreo includes a faster start up and sign in, smart text selection, instant apps, and the ability to play a windowed video while browsing other tabs. It also has Google Play Protect, which scans apps for malware before and after installation.
— Essential (@essential) March 13, 2018