Essential now lets Essential Phone owners join Oreo beta through OTA

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Essential has offered a few beta releases of Android Oreo for Essential Phone owners brave enough to try them, but they’ve only been available via sideloading. Now it’s easier to try an Oreo beta.

Essential now offers an over the air installation option for its Oreo beta releases. Simply go to Essential’s developer site, select the over the air option near the bottom of the page, and fill out the short form with info like your name and device serial number. The beta will then be automatically pushed to your device.

For people that prefer sideloading, Essential does still offer that option for installing Oreo betas on the Essential Phone.

It’s nice to see Essential offer OTA installation as an option for its Oreo betas. Not everyone is comfortable with sideloading an update onto their smartphone, but now those people can try the Oreo beta on their Essential Phone without worrying about bricking it.

Essential is currently offering a beta release of Android 8.1 Oreo. If you’ve got an Essential Phone and you’d like to try the beta, hit the link below.

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