Essential officially released the Android 8.0 Oreo update for its PH1. The firmware is available in form of a new OTA and brings the Android system to version number OPM1.170911.130. The OTA can be only manually installed because it is based on an early release of Android 8.0 Oreo. Shortly, this is the beta release and not the full firmware package. However, if you want to update your Essential Phone PH1 to Android 8.0 Oreo, don’t hesitate and read all the lines from below.
Since we are discussing about the beta release of Android 8.0 Oreo, the actual OTA cannot be received automatically on your device through a dedicated notification. So, for flashing the update you will have to use recovery mode and manually sideloading the system files on your smartphone. Well, this process and other additional info will be detailed during this tutorial.
The beta release of Android 8.0 Oreo for Essential Phone PH1 is a stable system that comes with everything that’s new on the Oreo platform. However, an early build means that minor issues might still be experienced from time to time – overall, the platform is not yet fully stable, even though you can successfully use it on a daily basis.
Moreover, soon the final OTA build will be offered and then you will receive the actual Android notification on your Essential Phone PH1. Then, all the reported bugs will be resolved and you will be able to use and experience a smooth Oreo system.
So, there are two scenarios available for you: you can wait until the Oreo notification is spotted on your Essential Phone PH1 or you can use this guide and install the beta release of Android 8.0 Oreo, with version number OPM1.170911.130 manually on your phone. Either way, you will get the fully stable ROM – as already outlined, the beta might come with minor bugs, but you can successfully use it on a daily basis.
This OTA can be installed without problems on your Essential Phone PH1. Just like any other official firmware, your phone should be already running on stock Android OS and root access shouldn’t be ensured – in that case you can flash the official Oreo system only by using the full firmware package. Bottom line, this is an official update procedure supported by your OEM so you won’t lose your phone’s warranty by completing the steps from below. Also, you won’t have to use any third party software for flashing this OTA – as already mentioned you will adb sideload the OTA package through stock recovery image.
Moreover, you don’t have to backup your Essential Phone PH1 data. The OTA will be applied without erasing anything from your smartphone. However, in order to avoid any possible unpleasant situations you should secure what’s important for you. In that respect, you should sync your files with your Google Account, you can use built-in cloud storage platforms or you can download compatible backup and restore apps from Google Play.
Since you cannot receive the OTA as a new Android notification, for this update operation you will have to use a computer. On this computer the Essential Phone PH1 drivers must be installed. Also, Android SDK must be flashed first: learn how to install Android SDK on Windows or how to set up ADB on MAC OS X / Linux.
Afterwards, on your smartphone gain developer rights – you can enable Developer Options by tapping repeatedly on Built Number. So, go to About Phone and tap for 7 or 10 times on Built Number until you are notified with the ‘you are a developer’ message. Next, access Developer Options by going to Menu – > Settings. From there check the USB Debugging field.
And before starting the actual installation process, verify the power that’s left on your Essential Phone PH1. The power left should be higher than 50% because otherwise your smartphone can get turned off in the middle of the Android 8.0 Oreo update procedure. This is an important operation as it can help you prevent a soft brick – different software related problems can occur if the Android system will get turned off right in the middle of the update process.
Of course, install the OPM1.170911.130 Android 8.0 Oreo firmware by using the lines from below only if you own the Essential Phone PH1. Don’t use this particular software on any other Android based device as you can soft brick its Android core system.
How to Update Essential Phone PH1 with Official Beta Android 8.0 Oreo OPM1.170911.130 Firmware
- Start by downloading the OTA package – you can get the Android 8.0 Oreo OPM1.170911.130 firmware for your Essential Phone PH1 from this page.
- Save this file on desktop – then rename it into ‘ota.zip’.
- Next, transfer this renamed file inside the Android SDK folder.
- From the Android SDK folder open a command prompt window – press and hold the Shift keyboard key and while doing so right-click on any blank space; then, select ‘open command prompt window here’.
- Power on your Essential Phone PH1 and connect your smartphone with your computer with the help of the USB cable.
- Now, in the cmd window type: “adb reboot recovery”.
- Recovery mode will be automatically entered on your phone.
- In recovery use Volume rocker keys to navigate and Power button to select.
- From recovery select ‘apply update from ADB’.
- Return to the cmd window and there type: ‘adb sideload ota.zip’.
- Press Enter and wait while the OTA is being flashed.
- When done, close cmd and remove the USB cord.
- Reboot your phone and enjoy.
There you have it; that’s how you can update your Essential Phone PH1 with the official Android 8.0 Oreo OTA OPM1.170911.130 firmware. Test this beta OS and share all your impressions with us. If you find something that isn’t running properly make sure you outline it during the comments section from below.