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The Essential Phone already has an update to Android 10

By David Matthews · 7 replies
Sep 3, 2019
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  1. Google's newest Android 10 operating system is already live for its Pixel line of devices. However, it looks like the Essential Phone is also getting Android 10 at the same time. This is great news for people still clinging to the discontinued phone.

    We previously reported the fact that Nokia leads the top Android device manufacturers when it comes to keeping their devices updated with the latest operating system and security updates. It's surprising then that not only is a phone that was thought left for dead getting the latest version of Android, it's getting it right on release day. That said, the Essential Phone did get Android Pie just hours after the Pixel phones.

    As exciting as it is to know that Essential is still keeping its phone updated, it's important to note that the update is only rolling out to "select Open Market customers" for now. Basically, if you bought your phone anywhere other than Sprint, you can get the update. There isn't a timeline for Sprint customers yet.

    Founded by Android creator Andy Rubin, the Essential Phone promised to be a phone that lacked all of the "fluff" of other smartphones. Its durable titanium frame, stock Android, and promise of attachments to augment the phone's capabilities could've made it quite a competitor in the Android OEM space. However, software bugs and a subpar camera sunk the would be Galaxy or Pixel killer. Moreover, Rubin himself was embroiled in a scandal that revealed the real reason for his departure from Google in 2014.

    After all of that, it's still remarkable that the remaining employees were able to keep the Essential Phone updated to take advantage of some of the new Android 10 features such as updated gesture navigation and a heavier focus on privacy. Perhaps other Android manufacturers should take notice.

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  2. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 2,069   +1,322

    Well, I'll have to dig mine out of the dresser, and update it.
  3. Sochsun

    Sochsun TS Member

    Yeah, mine dinged this morning at work with the new update, which I was pleasantly surprised to see. Got the update, and for the most part a lot didn't change, but as I've been navigating my phone its had some more prompts for security and permissions with apps.
  4. stangweb77

    stangweb77 TS Rookie

    I'm still waiting on Sprint to drop it ?
  5. Nocturne

    Nocturne TS Maniac Posts: 215   +110

    Had it day 1.
  6. stangweb77

    stangweb77 TS Rookie

    Who's your carrier?
  7. Nocturne

    Nocturne TS Maniac Posts: 215   +110

    T mobile the only people who didn't get it day 1 were people on Sprint. Mine was bought directly from essential, I haven't bought a phone from a carrier since before the MotoX pure
  8. Rick1

    Rick1 TS Rookie

    I'm still waiting... When will it be???

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