Essential Rolls Out Update For Spectre & Meltdown Security Flaws

Recently there was a huge security scare when it was revealed that almost all of today’s modern processors were affected by security flaws known as Spectre and Meltdown. The good news is that if you’re using an Essential Phone, it looks like the company has been quick to act on the issue.

The company has recently tweeted that they have started rolling out a software update to the Essential Phone with the build number NMJ88C. According to the company, this is expected to deal with the Spectre and Meltdown flaws and should patch it up. The update should be live and if you don’t see it yet, not to worry as you can try fetching it manually by going to Settings > About > System updates.

We’re rolling out a software update (build NMJ88C) with the January security patches and fixes for the Spectre and Meltdown security flaws.

— Essential (@essential) January 5, 2018

Also in the same Twitter post, users were asking the company regarding the status of the Android 8.0 Oreo update for the phone, in which Essential replied saying that they are getting close to a release. For those unfamiliar, the Essential Phone is the first phone released under Essential, a relatively new company that was formed in part by former Google exec and Android’s co-founder Andy Rubin.

While the phone might have had grand intentions at the start, it did not exactly launch to a huge success, but perhaps Essential has learnt from their first attempt and the second Essential Phone will be much better received.

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18:9 Displays Expected To Hit 230 Million Units Shipped In 2017

For the longest time ever, smartphone displays had a display aspect ratio of 16:9, at least until earlier this year when LG launched the LG G6 which featured an 18:9 aspect ratio. This changed the trend and we started to see more smartphones adopt this display, such as Xiaomi, Essential, Samsung, and so on.

In fact it seems that we could see this trend continue for the next year or so, especially when there are reports that shipments for 18:9 displays are expected to hit 230 million units in 2017 alone, indicating that there is no doubt an interest in such display sizes (although one could argue that customers might not really have a choice in the first place).

According to the report by market research firm Sigmaintell, Samsung Display is said to account for a whopping 60% of these displays, thus cementing the company’s position in the display market. The report goes on to add that we can expect even greater numbers in 2018, as they expect that the shipments of these displays to rise by 40% in the next year.

While no official announcement has been made, it is safe to assume that LG and Samsung will continue using such displays for their flagships in 2018.

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

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

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.

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Essential Phone’s Camera App Updated With Portrait Mode

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.

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Essential Phone Price Dropped To Lowest-Ever For Cyber Monday


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.

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