1. Android Central Question's Avatar
    After suffering through the screen scrolling and display bugs with the Essential Phone, I was thrilled to learn that the Android 8.1 update resolved most of these problems. However, after almost 2 weeks since release, my phone still sits at version 7.1.1. Is this delay due to my phone being locked by Sprint?
    03-25-2018 06:58 PM
  2. wmurch3's Avatar
    I'm on Sprint and got the update a long time ago. have you done an update check in system settings?
    03-26-2018 12:50 PM
  3. DarkNeo's Avatar
    Nothing here too.
    03-26-2018 01:41 PM
  4. anon(10268214)'s Avatar
    The official support page only shows two current versions...a Nougat build for Sprint and Telus, and an Oreo 8.1 build for everyone else:

    https://www.essential.com/developer/current-builds
    03-26-2018 06:34 PM
  5. DarkNeo's Avatar
    Still nothing on Sprint... Wtf.
    04-05-2018 01:34 AM
  6. Glenn Quagmire's Avatar
    One of the best things about the Essential and it's original concept was that the phone is not tied to one carrier; thus the Android updates would be fortchming quicker and easier to obtain. We are not locked to one carrier.

    However, those who went the Sprint route also tied themselves to Sprint rely on Sprint to distribute updates which means one more cook in the kitchen and delayed OS updates and patches. Sprint customers savedmoney. I have not checked to see if any hardware on the phone too away its abaility to use any carrier or was odified to only be a Speint only Essential.
    04-06-2018 05:47 AM
  7. wmurch3's Avatar
    essential confirmed to me that if you were on the Oreo beta you would get the stable upgrade. might be the best route if you can still install the beta.
    04-09-2018 07:16 PM
  8. wmurch3's Avatar
    looks like the official Sprint roll out has started
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    04-10-2018 10:38 AM
  9. Glenn Quagmire's Avatar
    The great thing about the Essential Phone was it was user-centric. It put the users back in control. By buying it from Sprint, the carrier is back in control and users are tied to them for a period of time.

    Does Sprint add software to the phone? Can you remove it? Wondering minds want to know.
    04-18-2018 09:57 AM
  10. mogelijk's Avatar
    The great thing about the Essential Phone was it was user-centric. It put the users back in control. By buying it from Sprint, the carrier is back in control and users are tied to them for a period of time.

    Does Sprint add software to the phone? Can you remove it? Wondering minds want to know.
    The only thing I recall "added" to the Essential by Sprint is their app and the software needed to fully use the phone on Sprint's network (to allow WiFi calling, voicemail, etc.), and the Sprint app can be easily removed. I can't think of any bloatware Sprint added to the phone.
    04-18-2018 10:08 AM
  11. tech_head's Avatar
    The only thing I recall "added" to the Essential by Sprint is their app and the software needed to fully use the phone on Sprint's network (to allow WiFi calling, voicemail, etc.), and the Sprint app can be easily removed. I can't think of any bloatware Sprint added to the phone.
    They added some system apps that you need to be root to get rid of.
    04-18-2018 03:19 PM

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