One month after the Essential Phone began receiving its Android 8.1 update, it’s time for the Sprint version of the device to get its own 8.1 update.
Essential has confirmed that Android 8.1 Oreo is now rolling out to the Sprint version of the Essential Phone. The update adds new features like faster start-up, smart text selection, and more, as well as the April 2018 Android security patches and a slow scrolling jitter fix.
Here’s the full changelog for the update from Essential:
New Features Include:
- Smart text selection, instant apps, picture-in-picture
- Faster startup and app sign-in
- Google Play Protect security scans
Essential Products Features Include:
- Google Security Patches 2018-03 & 2018-04
- Dynamic Calendar and Clock icons
- Slow Scrolling Jitter Fix
- Bluetooth 5.0 certified
- Modem stability fixes
- Improved performance and bug fixes
- Proper handling of external game controllers
This update is now rolling out over the air, so if you’ve got an Essential Phone on Sprint, be on the lookout for it.