The only OEM faster to update their devices these days than Google is important. Although the company can run out in tough times, it has consistently offered timely OTA for security updates and Developer Previews. Like last month, the company calls its own spin on the release of candidate-ready DP5 (Beta 3, as far as Essentials numbering goes) less than an hour after Google.
We've just released a new Android P Beta build that includes the latest Google Android P code integration along with minor bug fixes and improvements. Learn more about our beta program here: https://t.co/LWeH1iWrKq pic.twitter.com/ZLxJpu1NpZ
– Essential (@essential) July 25, 2018
We can confirm that the update rolls out as we speak, bringing the next boundless phone to Beta 3. In essence, it is similar to Google's latest DP5.
Other minor and unfortunately unlisted bug fixes are also included in this release, OTA for which clocks of 117.1 MB. Downloads are probably live on the Essentials Developer Preview site if you are not among those who have already taken the Android P step. Given this latest release should be a publishing candidate, those who have previously been on the fence of trying it can rest a little easier if they throw cautiousness to the wind.
My personal Essential Phone had some of the sticks trying to install this latest update (my settings app repeatedly forced shut down during the download, stop the process), but after enough attempt, it worked. YMMV.