Essential, a start up by Android creator Andy Rubin launched their first smartphone, the Essential Phone or PH-1 earlier this year. Though, the phone was criticized for poor camera performance as well as lack of head phone jack, the company delivered updates as they promised. And now, the Essential phone becomes the first non-Google device to receive the December Security patch.
We're currently rolling out a software update (build NMJ51B) with December security patches.
— Essential (@essential) December 5, 2017
The company confirmed the roll out of the update via their Twitter handle. According to the tweet, this update will have a build number NMJ51B. And it only contains December Security patch from Google as the company did not mention anything else.
As the updates are rolled out via OTA (over the air), it will take time to reach every devices. Hence, go to About phone in settings and check for updates manually to trigger the update. Also, make sure you have enough battery and storage space before downloading the update.
Recently, the Essential Phone’s price was slashed by $200 and it is now available only at $499. Also, Android Oreo beta is live for this smartphone. And the camera app of Essential phone also received an update lately to support portrait mode. Hence, the Essential Phone now directly competes against OnePlus 5T which is from an another startup.