Essential ships the first ever day-one Android update from a third-party

Ron Amadeo

Android 9 Pie launch day was yesterday, and while a major new version of Android is always a big deal, today Android hit another big milestone: the first ever day-one update on a non-Google phone.

For years, the Android ecosystem has made updating the OS of a device seem like an impossible task. Some of Android's biggest OEMs take anywhere from three to six months to update their flagship phone, and this is the best support they offer—many devices do not get updated at all. Consider that Android 8.0 Oreo is about a year old now and has shipped on a whopping 12 percent of the Android active install base. The terrible state of Android updates has led some people to call Android a "toxic hellstew of vulnerabilities" due to all the devices running old software.

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