Andy Rubin's Essential Phone is set to get a headphone jack accessory

In a recent Ask Me Anything session on Reddit, #Andy Rubin and some other executives from the company confirmed the Android Oreo update for the smartphone. Word of the new audio accessory came directly from Andy Rubin when he was in a Reddit AMA recently.

When will the phone receive the software update?

According to Rubin, Essential will push the Oreo update to the device within the next two months. If Essential keeps its promise, the Essential Phone will be upgraded to the latest major version of the Android operating system before the year ends. He mentioned that the registration process with Verizon Wireless networks have been successfully finished, and the users would be able to use their Verizon connections with the Essential PH-1 smartphone, probably after a reboot. The first available should be the charging dock.

No release date was given for the high-end audio accessory, but the company said they are actively testing prototypes.

The 3.5 mm jack integration into the accessory is the most important aspect of the device. In regards to the audio jack accessory, this will reportedly be a high-end audio attachment for the phone that allows users to plug in headphones with a 3.5mm audio jack.

The Essential Phone, however, already comes with a USB-C to 3.5 mm dongle, so it remains unclear what else exactly the audio accessory will add to the device.

When asked about a new 3.5mm headphone port accessory, the company revealed plans for new Click Connector accessories.

Quickly touching on the Essential Phone itself, the phone features a Quad HD 19:10 aspect ratio display that, were it not for the front-facing camera, earpiece, and chin, would cover the entirety of the front. Essential is now shipping only Black model, but the good news is that the Pure White color option is in build trials which means it should start going out to customers in the upcoming weeks.

The camera is arguably the handset's weakest spot, and it's good to see that Essential has acknowledged this. The Ocean Depths and Stellar Gray variants will be released later.

Vanessa Coleman