Essential Phone's camera is getting an update featuring portrait mode and more

Since it hit shelves earlier this year, the Essential Phone received multiple software updates which, slowly but surely, have significantly improved the device. Now, a new update is ready, though this one will only enhance the phone's rear camera.


Thanks to a Reddit AMA (ask me anything) session held by several Essential officials - including vice presidents of software and hardware - we know that the Essential Phone's dual camera will receive an update later today. This will bring a portrait mode (à la iPhone and other high-end handsets), improved JPEG compression, and various stability fixes. Users will be able to manually update the camera app, as this is can be found on Google Play - see the second source link below.  


Essential further said that a new Android Oreo beta build for its smartphone would be released sometime next week. Unfortunately, the company doesn't know when a final, public Android Oreo update will be ready.


The folks at Essential also talked about the fact that Andy Rubin, the company's founder, has taken a temporary leave of absence (as reported earlier today). Apparently, this doesn't have any effect on Essential, and "it's business as usual" at the company's headquarters. Well, that's good to hear.   


sources: Reddit, Essential camera app (Google Play)

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  • Display 5.7" 1312 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2450 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3040 mAh



1. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Update camera samples please :D

2. hurrycanger

Posts: 1761; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

If they pushed the update before Cyber Monday I would have gotten one for myself. XD Hope the portrait mode on this phone isn't shietty like Motorola portrait mode...

4. FoxDavis

Posts: 60; Member since: Jul 12, 2012

#phonearena, You really need to revisit this phone and update your review. 4, Think it might be a lot higher then that now.

5. GalaxyLeads_iCrapFollows

Posts: 216; Member since: Nov 29, 2017

this POS phone and company needs to die

6. Diego!

Posts: 874; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

No. You silly iPhone fan, more competition pushes big companies to innovate

7. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 919; Member since: May 07, 2014

Seems more like a Samsung fan to me.

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