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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