Essential Phone grabs Bluetooth 5 support, April security patch in latest update

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  • Essential has already rolled out the April 2018 Android security patch to the PH-1.
  • The update also brings Bluetooth 5 certification, modem stability fixes, and better external game controller support.
  • This update arrives just days after Google released the security patch to its Pixel phones.


Essential is yet again one of the first manufacturers to roll out the latest security update to its first flagship phone. Just days after Google released the April 2018 Android security patch for its Pixel and Nexus devices, Essential rolled out the update to the Essential Phone.

The big news with this update, aside from featuring the latest security patches from Google, is the addition of Bluetooth 5 certification. Bluetooth 5 offers a giant boost in range compared to Bluetooth 4.x BLE, improved data transfer performance, lower power consumption, and more. To learn more about Bluetooth 5, allow Gary to explain it in the video below:

That’s not all — this update also brings modem stability fixes, improved performance and bug fixes, as well as improved handling of external game controllers. The 127.6MB update carries build number OPM1.180104.141.

If you’re an Essential Phone owner, the update should be available for your device now. If you’ve yet to receive a notification, head to Settings>System>System update>Check for update.

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via Android Authority

April 8, 2018 at 12:15PM