Essential Skips Android 8.0, to Release Android 8.1 Instead

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That being said, both the Honor 8 Pro and Honor 9 have been announced last year, the Honor 8 Pro is the company's phablet, while the Honor 9 is still the company's compact flagships, at least until it successor arrives later this year. Through the release of this update, WhatsApp fully benefits from one Android 8.0 Oreo feature, known as the "notification channels". The update was scheduled for a release in the next "few months", although clearly that has not happened, and the bad news is that it looks like it may never happen. This feature will also let you to long-press an app icon and swipe away that notification, or open it, directly from the pop-up menu, without swiping down the notification shade. From what we know, all phones will get the update via the over-the-air method.

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As a round-up, representatives of Google provided observation results which say only 1% of Android users have 8.0 Oreo installed on their phones. Essential released a statement saying that there were stability issues when the company was going through the beta program. Most smartphone users have to wait a while to receive the latest Android versions, and each smartphone receives updates separately. At the same time, there's a certain level of irony that the 'Father of Android', Andy Rubin, can't get Android 8.0 Oreo to run stably on the Essential Phone. It is also warned that with Essential phones, you will not have the same stability as you do with the current operating system if you move ahead with the beta program. Because of these protracted issues, Essential has announced plans to skip the 8.0 release entirely in favor of 8.1, which will "push the public release back a couple weeks", according to the company.