Most of the Flagship smartphone from other manufactures have started to receive Android Oreo. Still Essential phone is running on Android Nougat 7.1. Essential has confirmed as there are some stability issue with Stable Android Oreo 8.0 and Essential will skip Android Oreo 8.0 and Essential phone will be updated directly to android Oreo 8.1.
Essential has started to rollout Android Oreo 8.1 beta to its beta testers. Update bring several features like dynamic calendar , clock icons and fix for slow scrolling jitter. The update also brings February security patch. The OTA update weighs around 500MB in size.