The only OEM faster to update its devices these days than Google is Essential. Although the company may be running up against rough times, it has consistently offered timely OTAs for security patches and Developer Previews. Like last month, the company is rolling out its own spin on the release candidate-ready DP5 (Beta 3, so far as Essential's numbering goes) less than an hour after Google.
We just released a new Android P Beta build that includes the latest Google Android P code integration along with minor bug fixes and enhancements. Learn more about our beta program here: https://t.co/LWeH1iWrKq pic.twitter.com/ZLxJpu1NpZ
— Essential (@essential) July 25, 2018
We can confirm that the update is rolling out as we speak, bringing the near-borderless phone up to Beta 3. In Essential parlance, that's equivalent to Google's latest DP5.
Other minor and unfortunately unnamed bug fixes are also included in this release, the OTA for which clocks in at 117.1MB. Downloads are likely live at Essential's Developer Preview site if you aren't among those who have already taken the Android P plunge. Given this latest release is supposed to be a release candidate, those that may previously have been on the fence about trying it out can rest a bit easier should they throw caution to the wind.
My personal Essential Phone had a bit of a stutter trying to install this latest update (my settings app repeatedly force closed during the download, halting the process), but after enough tries, it worked. YMMV.