New Essential Phone camera app update improves photo capture speed

New Essential Phone camera app update improves photo capture speed
I think we can all agree that the camera app is probably the worst aspect of the Essential Phone. Even though the US company released quite a few updates, the camera app is not there yet, so many Essential Phone owners might feel frustrated that they can't install third-party apps.

Still, the updates continue to come for the Essential Camera app, so hope is not yet lost. The latest update that the Android app received this week doesn't bring any new features into the mix but certainly contains some improvements.

The most important change is the speed with which the camera can capture photos. Essential says the latest update should further improve animations, as well as photo capture speed across all camera modes, including Burst mode.

Additionally, various stability fixes have been implemented too, so you should feel the camera app much smoother after the update, which, by the way, is already available for download via Google Play Store.

source: Essential (Twitter)

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14 Comments

1. Jacksie66 unregistered

Just download the Google camera apk. Has done wonders on my LG v30 plus.

5. Landon

Posts: 1242; Member since: May 07, 2015

What benefits are you seeing? Just improved image processing? I might try it on my Note 5 but I'm afraid that I won't be able to use the camera launch shortcut if Google Camera is my default camera app.

6. Landon

Posts: 1242; Member since: May 07, 2015

What benefits are you seeing? Just improved image processing? I might try it on my Note 5 but I'm afraid that I won't be able to use the camera launch shortcut if Google Camera is my default camera app.

2. Cat97

Posts: 1804; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

I like the fact that Essential keeps improving their software and do not limit themselves to security updates.

4. palmguy

Posts: 974; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

I agree. I might get the Essential Phone because of the continued support of the phone & consistant updates.

11. Penny

Posts: 1844; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

I bought it a little over a month ago because my Note 5 was starting to crap out. It was definitely worth the $450 price tag for me. A couple of notes though: - Don't get it for the camera. Low light performance is actually really bad, and overall it's not competitive with higher end phone cameras. - Get it for the hardware. The build quality, design, speakers are all pretty good for me. - Get it for the software. Stock Android. No bloat whatsoever. - Get it for being on the latest Android. Been running 8.1 since I got it. - Get it if you're on Verizon and don't need the Pixel. It's one of the few unlocked phones that has CDMA, unlike alternatives such as the One Plus 5t. - Don't get it for the constant updates. The frequency of updates thus far was necessary to fix initial problems, but now it works well, so I don't know if updates will be treated as urgently.

3. fyah_king unregistered

Love this company.

7. torr310

Posts: 1633; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

"so many Essential Phone owners might feel frustrated that they can't install third-party apps." For real? I thought all Android phones are able to install the 3rd party apps.

8. maherk

Posts: 6750; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Don't mind PA. I had the phone and I was able to download and sideload third party apps.

9. torr310

Posts: 1633; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I see. Misinformed. haha!

12. Penny

Posts: 1844; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Well I think sideloading and being able to install 3rd party apps from the store are two separate things, and I think PA was referring to the latter. Although they're still somewhat wrong; you can install 3rd party camera apps. But you CAN'T install the Google Camera app that gives you better image quality without sideloading.

10. dnomadic

Posts: 391; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

I'm thinking about picking one up.... How is the Reception?

14. Penny

Posts: 1844; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Better than my Note 5 was, so...pretty decent? I've had no problems so far.

13. Penny

Posts: 1844; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

The camera is okay speed wise, but hope they focus on improving the low light image quality!

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