Though Essential phone has decided to call it a quits from the market, the software support is still strong. Essential Phone January 2019 Security Update is now rolling out for the users. It followed shortly after Google's routine monthly software update started seeding. The current software for Essential phone only upgrades the security patch level. There is no other important upgrade that accompanies this month's security update. The new update is knocking into devices with the build number PPR1.181005.116.
The Essential Phone January 2019 Security Update is currently rolling over the air. It will drop into various regions in batches. If you're not into waiting games to see the OTA, you can manually check for it. Go to device Settings > About phone > Software updates > Tap on Check for Updates. If you see the latest update with build PPR1.181005.116, then download it. Find and connect to a Wi-Fi network to download the Essential Phone January 2019 Security Update. Make sure to have 50% or more battery charge on your device. A low battery will not let you install the update.
However, if you like the update to reflect on your device now itself, then you can download the OTA Zip file and Fastboot ROM file which comes with the January 2019 updates. You can follow the guide about how to install the latest firmware update on Essential phone.
Earlier in the last week of December 2018, Essential phones went out of stock on E-commerce websites. The device was also out of sales on the official store. Apparently, the company will not be adding new units for sales. It may come up with some new smartphone. However, from the latest Essential Phone January 2019 Security Update, it is quite assuring for the users that software updates are still intact for the device.
So, if you come across the new January 2019 software update for the Essential phone, do not miss it. Security patches are always important for your phone's well-being.