Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | Android 9 Pie proves Android’s update situation is actually getting better

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Now if only Essential was sticking around —

Project Treble really is making it easier to update Android.


  • The Essential Phone.


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  • The back is all ceramic.


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  • The screen goes all the way to the edge, but there’s that camera notch.


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  • The bottom has a chin.


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  • On the back, you’ve got the LED flash, a dual-camera setup, two contact points for the modular system, and a fingerprint reader.


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  • You can make out the earpiece, which is a tiny slot in the top bezel.


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  • The bottom has a slot for a speaker and another for a microphone. There’s also the USB-C port.


    Ron Amadeo

  • The top is blank, which means there’s no headphone jack.


    Ron Amadeo

  • This side is blank…


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  • …while this side has the power and volume buttons.


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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 th

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