The Essential Phone has been constantly treated to a regular dose of updates from developer Essential Products since its debut in 2017. The device has also been getting LineageOS builds over the past few years, albeit unofficially.
Now, the handset, which is designed by Android co-founder Andy Rubin, has finally received official support from LineageOS. The latest LineageOS version 16.0 is now available to download on the Essential Phone.
The latest nightly build comes in at 684.11MB, so be sure to have enough storage on your device. LineageOS is the successor to CyanogenMod and it promises to provide a stock Android experience to users.
The latest development marks another good news for Essential Phone fans after Rubin recently suggested via a tweet that an announcement for the next version of the handset is coming up. The teaser came quite a bit late, made in response to a months-old tweet from an Essential Phone user who was obviously keen on seeing a second-generation device.
It's not clear when a new Essential Phone will be unveiled. A report from last year claimed that Rubin is working on a new handset with a heavy focus on artificial intelligence and a capability to autonomously reply to emails and messages on your behalf.