With Android Pie on the Essential Phone, you gain access to a refreshed UI, a new navigation system, Adaptive Battery, better performance, and the August security patch. Pie also marks the second major software upgrade the PH-1 has received in its lifespan, an impressive stat for a phone that’s just over a year old.
If you want to see if your Essential PHone has received Pie yet, check the Software Updates section of your settings app. There, you should find the new software ready to download. Be sure to plug your phone in before installing the update so you don’t get interrupted during the installation process.