Since then, it's gotten not one, but two additional beta Oreo updates, but they've both been based on 8.0 Oreo - until now, there hasn't been much talk of 8.1 Oreo. And yes, Essential Phone owners appear to be taking the news of the delay surprisingly well, agreeing that it's better to wait and receive a silky smooth update... eventually.
However, considering the small number of users who have installed the newly released OS version, there are not many devices benefitting from this update, with brands like Samsung and LG, which have not yet moved their devices to the new Android version.
In the meantime, Essential's working to make available a beta update based on Android 8.1 Oreo by the end of next week.
Things are pretty complicated when it comes to Android updates. At the same time, this upgrade is for the latest Android 8.0 Oreo.
While this all looks pretty cool, it must act as an encouragement for the Android users to get updated as soon as possible. Do keep in mind that this mode will not work with any app, a particular app needs to support PiP mode, it will work with Chrome and VLC, for example, but it won't work with a regular YouTube app, as you need to have YouTube Red subscription in order to get it to work. Devices that ship with Oreo must include Treble, but Essential is going above and beyond.
Apart from this, you could even check for the new update manually on your Huawei Mate 9 smartphone as well. You can also expect the typical Oreo changes, such as improved notifications, an improved settings menu et al. Here, you could see check for new update, select this option and the system will itself check for the new update to your device.