Essential Phone receiving another update that improves touch scrolling, adds security patches

The Essential Phone is getting another update, smaller than the previous one, which brings a couple of improvements and some security patches. The firmware version NMJ20D weighs in at 74MB, so this isn't a large download at all.

The changelog mentions a security patch for KRACK WPA2 vulnerability, as well as the October security update that's been released by Google earlier this month.

As far as the smartphone's software is concerned, Essential says the update should improve touch scrolling. Also, the update is supposed to improve the performance of the Essential Phone and add some bug fixes. Finally, Essential enabled a new fingerprint gesture that allows users to swipe on the fingerprint sensor for notifications.

The update can be downloaded via Wi-Fi or cellular network, but additional charges may apply if the latter. According to Essential, this is a phased roll-out, so it may take a few days to reach all Essential Phone units out there. Still, it's worth tapping that “Software update” button to make sure you haven't missed it.

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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 128GB
  • Battery 3040 mAh



1. Lumbergh

Posts: 463; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

This phone is trash lol

2. notfair

Posts: 777; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

You're so funny, check your ios11 first.

5. Lumbergh

Posts: 463; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

I own a Pixel XL. Oh, did you think because I said one android phone was trash that I'm an Android hater? Use your brain buddy lol.

6. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Essential phone is not trash. It's $499 now and worth every penny. Unlike Pixel 2 xl it doesn't have any irreversible hardware defects on the display or speaker. And unlike Pixel 2 or 2 xl essential phone is very sexy looking. Keep using your dumb Pixel while everyone else enjoy their feature rich android phone such as Essential phone, Note 8, V30, S8+, U11 and Oneplus

12. KonSkl

Posts: 24; Member since: Jun 03, 2016

You kidding right? What about this phone feels trash? It's loveable design, its price? Or its premium titanium build? Jeez...

4. you_sukk_it

Posts: 219; Member since: Apr 11, 2017

DOA phone.

7. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2364; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

That's good, at least it's getting updates.. take notes LG!!!

8. dcwt2010

Posts: 74; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

Shame it's not out in UK or Europe in general (EU market at any rate).

13. Sparkxster

Posts: 1262; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Essential phone keeps getting better and better!

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