Essential is rolling out the second beta of the Essential Phone Oreo update to users. If you had installed the first beta, then you should be seeing the new OTA update now.
Since this is a beta, there are quite a few bug fixes and improvements on here. It also includes some new features such as Picture-in-Picture mode, instant apps and smart text selection. The second beta comes over a month after the first beta was released. The build number of the this beta is OPM1.170911.213.
We're rolling out Oreo Beta 2 (build OPM1.170911.213) with bug fixes and new features including smart text selection, picture-in-picture and more. The update is going out now via OTA to current Oreo Beta 1 users. Learn more: https://t.co/oonhRCiMpG
— Essential (@essential) December 20, 2017
The update installs the latest December security patch on your device. It improves startup and app sign-in, while adding Google Play Protect scans. You would also be happy to know that some bugs from beta 1 have been fixed in this build.
Issues with Android Auto Bluetooth connection have been fixed and battery life has been improved. Apart from that, issues related to data tracking on US carriers and Setup Assistant screen cutoff have also been fixed. There’s more!
In this update, you will find improved support for Project Treble, improvements to the Laser Autofocus, improvements to the 3.5mm headphone jack, and the LED notifications. A pretty good beta update then, with lesser bugs. The stable Oreo update for the phone should be available very soon with several improvements.