Android co-founder Andy Rubin’s smartphone company Essential has only released one device so far, the Essential Phone, and while it was expected that a successor would be released in 2018 recent reports have been on the contrary. Essential has canceled the device and is believed to be putting itself up for sale. Despite all of that drama, the company today released the Android P beta for the Essential Phone.
The Essential Phone is one of the few non-Pixel handsets that are compatible with the public beta of Android P, the next major iteration of Google’s mobile platform.
Essential is calling it Beta 1 of Android P but it has confirmed that it’s actually similar to the second Android P beta that Google released just recently. Aside from bringing beta Android P features, the update also brings improved brightness range, security patches, stability fixes, and more to the Essential Phone.
It won’t be rolled out to all Essential Phone units, only those users who signed up for the Android P Developer Preview with the company will get the beta release. The beta will give Essential Phone owners to try the latest iteration of Android on their handsets before anyone else. Google is going to release Android P later this year and it’s going to take some time for its OEM partners to get the update ready and out for their compatible devices after that.
Android P is moving from Dev Preview to Beta on Essential Phone! This update, rolling out now, includes the latest Android P code integration, improved adaptive brightness range, various stability fixes and June Security Patches. Learn more here: https://t.co/LWeH1iWrKq pic.twitter.com/PPnRD3YpIy
— Essential (@essential) June 7, 2018