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Essential Phone To Get Double Tap To Wake, EIS In The Near Future

Tyler Lee December 14, 2017

Despite the reports that the Essential Phone hasn’t even crossed the 100,000 units sold mark, it seems that the company is not giving up and is continuing their efforts at improving the device. Just last month the company issued an update that brought Portrait mode to the camera app, but that’s not all they have up their sleeves.

During the company’s bi-weekly Reddit AMA (via GSMArena), it seems that Essential Phone customers can look forward to a couple of new features in a future update. This comes in the form of double tap to wake, which allows users to double tap the phone’s display to wake it up instead of pressing a button, and also EIS (electronic image stabilization).

As for EIS, given that Essential can’t really change the hardware and introduce optical image stabilization, EIS will have to do. However EIS is still a pretty worthwhile feature and we’ve seen it used to great effect by other phone makers, so don’t write it off just yet. Note that there is no date on when these features will be released, but the AMA has revealed that Essential is working on it and there are plans to eventually release them for the phone.

When exactly that will be remains to be seen, so we guess owners of the handset will just have to remain patient until then.

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Apparently Only 50,000 Essential Phones Have Been Sold

Tyler Lee December 13, 2017

Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone was one that many were looking forward to, given Rubin’s experience and background with Android and his involvement with Danger Inc., the company that created the Sidekick which was one of the more iconic smartphones from back in the day, thanks to its design and its prominent use by celebrities.

Unfortunately so far it’s starting to look like the Essential Phone isn’t having the same amount of success. It has been recently estimated that only around 50,000 units of the Essential Phone have been sold to date. This is based on the number of installs of the Essential Camera app from the Google Play Store, which admittedly might not necessarily be the most accurate.

However its popularity (or lack of) seems to be in line with an earlier report from several months ago, where it was said that only 5,000 units were sold, although the jump from 5,000 to 50,000 does seem suspect, leading us to conclude that perhaps maybe the actual figure could be potentially higher.

Then again, we have been seeing how Essential has been somewhat aggressively lowering the price of the smartphone, which we can only imagine could be in a bid to encourage sales of a device that might not be selling so well. We suppose only time will tell on how well the phone will perform, but for now the reports don’t seem too upbeat.

Apparently Only 50,000 Essential Phones Have Been Sold , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Essential Phone’s Camera App Updated With Portrait Mode

Tyler Lee November 30, 2017

It used to be that cameras on phones were considered a novelty because back in the day, the quality of photos taken by such cameras left much to be desired. However fast forward to today, cameras can sometimes make or break a phone, or at least can affect a customer’s decision whether or not they want to buy that particular phone or not.

Now in our review of the Essential Phone, we found that the camera was one of the areas that felt a bit lacking, but the good news is that the folks at Essential have been working to improve it. In fact the company recently announced that they have updated the phone’s camera app where it will now feature portrait mode and reduced compression in a bid to improve image quality.

We’re excited to roll out a new camera update that includes portrait mode, reduced compression to improve image quality, and more. Download the update here: https://t.co/zXoZ765GHF pic.twitter.com/rCFJlLCYAm

— Essential (@essential) November 30, 2017

For those who don’t know what portrait mode is, it is starting to become a standard feature on flagship phones, where it helps to create a separation between your subject and the background, or as photographers would call “bokeh”. This is typically an effect you achieve with DSLRs or mirrorless cameras, but it has been finding its way onto smartphones thanks to dual lens systems and/or recreation through software.

The update for the Essential Phone is already live and available via the Google Play Store, s head on over if you’d like to get your hands on it.

Essential Phone’s Camera App Updated With Portrait Mode , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Essential Phone Price Dropped To Lowest-Ever For Cyber Monday

Adnan Farooqui November 27, 2017


Andy Rubin’s hardware startup Essential hasn’t seen a lot of success with its first smartphone. No wonder the company has already slashed the Essential Phone’s price multiple times already. If you’ve still been on the fence about picking up this handset, perhaps the Cyber Monday price will entice you to spend your money on it. The Essential Phone price has been cut to the lowest-ever for Cyber Monday.

Essential is clearly trying to take advantage of the shopping frenzy that comes with Cyber Monday to move some units of its first smartphones. That’s why it has decided to sell the Essential Phone for $399 on Cyber Monday.

Bear in mind that this is a device with flagship-level specifications. It has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The handset also features dual 13 megapixel rear cameras and an 8 megapixel front camera.

The Essential Phone can now be purchased at its lowest-ever price of $399 from Amazon. Customers won’t just get the handset itself. For $399, Amazon is also giving them the 4K 360 camera module for the Essential Phone.

Amazon is selling the unlocked version of the Essential Phone so customers won’t be tied to any particular carrier when they purchase this handset. The price is likely limited to purchases made on Cyber Monday and might go back to its previous price of $499.

Essential Phone Price Dropped To Lowest-Ever For Cyber Monday , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Essential Phone Android Oreo Beta Program Open To All

Tyler Lee November 15, 2017

If you’re wondering when your Essential Phone will be getting its Android 8.0 Oreo update, last we heard back in September, the company had announced that the Oreo update would be released in the next few months, and the good news is that you can actually start testing out the update for yourself.

This is because Essential has launched the beta program for the Oreo update, and the best part is that this beta program is open to all. This means that all you’ll need to do is sign up to be part of it and you should be able to start testing out the update on your phone already. Of course given that this is a beta build, it also means that you should expect the various kinks and bugs that typically accompany beta builds.

Whether or not you should be using this as your daily driver is entirely up to you, but it will also depend on whether or not the update will break the functionality of existing apps, so it could be a case-to-case basis. Essential has yet to confirm when exactly the update will be ready, but presumably with the beta program being open to all Essential Phone owners, the company must be pretty confident (to a certain extent) about the stability of the build, which hopefully indicates that a release isn’t too far off.

Essential Phone Android Oreo Beta Program Open To All , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Essential Phone Android Oreo Beta Program Open To All

Tyler Lee November 15, 2017

If you’re wondering when your Essential Phone will be getting its Android 8.0 Oreo update, last we heard back in September, the company had announced that the Oreo update would be released in the next few months, and the good news is that you can actually start testing out the update for yourself.

This is because Essential has launched the beta program for the Oreo update, and the best part is that this beta program is open to all. This means that all you’ll need to do is sign up to be part of it and you should be able to start testing out the update on your phone already. Of course given that this is a beta build, it also means that you should expect the various kinks and bugs that typically accompany beta builds.

Whether or not you should be using this as your daily driver is entirely up to you, but it will also depend on whether or not the update will break the functionality of existing apps, so it could be a case-to-case basis. Essential has yet to confirm when exactly the update will be ready, but presumably with the beta program being open to all Essential Phone owners, the company must be pretty confident (to a certain extent) about the stability of the build, which hopefully indicates that a release isn’t too far off.

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Essential Phone Gets Another Price Cut, Drops Down To $450

Tyler Lee November 6, 2017

When the Essential Phone was announced, many were expecting great things from it. This is because as a new company, Essential was not constrained by expectations that companies like Apple or Samsung face when launching a new smartphone. The company was also helmed by Android’s Andy Rubin, who before that was behind Danger Inc., the company behind the Sidekick mobile phone.

Unfortunately it seems that the Essential Phone has not been doing too well, with reports that in the US, around 5,000 handsets were sold. Now we have seen Essential try to tempt customers by slashing the price of the phone, dropping it down from $700 to $500, and even giving existing customers $200 in credit to make up for it. However it looks like slashing it by $200 did not help as the phone’s price has now been shaved further down to $450.

Note that this price cut isn’t official and we’re not sure if it is permanent, but it looks like it is being offered at $450 at both Best Buy and Amazon (Pure White model only). Whether or not this further price cut will tempt customers remains to be seen, but discounting a phone so heavily less than a year since its release certainly doesn’t sound like good news.

Of course this is hardly the end for Essential, but hopefully future devices released by the company will see them address the mistakes that they made with their first handset.

Essential Phone Gets Another Price Cut, Drops Down To $450 , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Essential Phone Update Gives It Fingerprint Sensor Gestures

Tyler Lee October 31, 2017

Given that a lot of our phones these days seem to pack similar hardware specs, one of the ways to differentiate phones from each other would be in terms of features, whether it be software or hardware. The good news for Essential Phone owners is that it looks like the company has recently pushed out an update that will introduce fingerprint gestures.

Note that fingerprint gestures aren’t exactly new and have been introduced in other handsets in the past, like with the Pixel and Pixel 2 phones from Google. For those unfamiliar, basically what this does is that by swiping down on the sensor, it will allow users to reveal the notification shade, and swiping up will dismiss them.

We’re rolling out a software update (build NMJ20D) that includes improved touch scrolling, patch for KRACK vulnerability, and more.

— Essential (@essential) October 30, 2017

It’s not a groundbreaking feature but it is a convenient feature and one that should help users save some time. In addition to the gesture, the update will also pack the KRACK vulnerability that was pretty big news a couple of weeks ago. Many companies have since patched the issue, so it’s good to see Essential get on board in a relatively short amount of time.

The update sports the build number NMJ20D and weighs 74.8MB, and given that it patches a pretty big security flaw, it is highly recommended that you update your device.

Essential Phone Update Gives It Fingerprint Sensor Gestures , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Essential Phone Price Has Been Cut Permanently

Adnan Farooqui October 23, 2017


Andy Rubin, the co-founder of Android, is running his own company now called Essential. The company launched its first smartphone ever a couple of months ago. The Essential Phone is a high-end device with the specs to match. It wasn’t surprising when it was launched at a flagship-level price. However, the company has now decided to permanently cut the Essential Phone price amid reports that it just hasn’t been selling well.

Many potential buyers were irked by the $700 price tag of the Essential Phone. They felt that it was too much of a price to ask for a smartphone that has no pedigree. It’s Essential’s first smartphone, so naturally, many were unwilling to take a leap of faith without finding out more about the device and its performance.

Therefore, Essential has decided to permanently cut the handset’s price by $200. It can now be purchased from the company’s own website for $500. That’s an enticing price point for a flagship device with a solid build quality.

Customers who already paid full price for the Essential Phone need not worry. The company is going to send them a $200 “friends and family” that can either be put towards the purchase of a new Essential Phone or its 360 degree camera attachment.

Essential reportedly believes that cutting the handset’s price is going to help it gain a better footing in the very competitive smartphone market. Who knows, it just might.

Essential Phone Price Has Been Cut Permanently , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.