Essential Phone update brings support for a former Pixel-exclusive feature

Essential Phone update brings support for a former Pixel-exclusive feature
Essential has just announced that its only smartphone has just received a new update that brings the March security patch and one feature that was initially exclusively available to Pixel smartphone owners – Digital Wellbeing.

Digital Wellbeing is an Android app that offers users a complete overview of their digital habits. If your phone supports Digital Wellbeing, you'll be able to see how frequently you use different apps, how many notifications you receive, and even how often you check your phone.

But these aren't the only things the app can do for you. Digital Wellbeing can disconnect from your everyday smartphone usage by adding daily app timers that allow you to set limits for how much you use apps.

Essential Phone update brings support for a former Pixel-exclusive feature

Also, you can set the app to remind you to switch off at night, set a schedule to fade your screen to Grayscale while DnD (do not disturb) silences notifications during nights. After the update, your Essential Phone should feature the Digital Wellbeing app in the Settings menu.

Despite the fact that it's doing a great job supporting its smartphone, Essential is unlikely to offer fans a sequel to its first product. Also, since the Essential Phone was launched on the market about 18 months ago, the phone should stop receiving any updates in about six months from now.

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16 Comments

1. meanestgenius

Posts: 21345; Member since: May 28, 2014

Nice. Good to see such great support, even though they most likely won’t be launching an Essential Phone 2. Digital Wellbeing has also been available for Nokia Android smartphones that were updated to Pie. https://www.androidauthority.com/digital-wellbeing-nokia-7-plus-906181/ The Nokia 7 Plus was the first non-Pixel smartphone to have it.

2. Nionx

Posts: 175; Member since: Oct 30, 2017

The phone that keeps on giving

3. miketer

Posts: 493; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

Actually, kudos to'Essential' for giving such updates regularly. Other manufactures can learn from them on how to give value for money to the customers for their devices.

4. bucknassty

Posts: 1296; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

reviewers screwed this phone... this phone was the one to support

5. Venom

Posts: 3015; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Nice. Essential is keeping their phones updated on time. Pie is already available unlike some of the Nokia phones that are part of Android One. I'm not going to be a mean jerk and throw shade, but a second Essential phone could most likely happen. The Nokia 7 Plus is irrelevant here.

8. andynaija

Posts: 1247; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

"I'm not going to be a mean jerk and throw shade" But you literally just did in the previous sentence...

9. meanestgenius

Posts: 21345; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lmao exactly. Hence my response to him.

12. Venom

Posts: 3015; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

You were taking potshots at Essential which is a phone that I coincidentally happen to favor.

13. meanestgenius

Posts: 21345; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lmao so mentioning facts are now "potshots"? Get real. You're not the CEO, CFO, or even an employee at Essential, so stop getting so offended by my comments that have absolutely nothing to do with you and stop taking this stuff so personal. I gave Essential props, and you take potshots at me for it. Stop being ridiculous and get over yourself.

14. Venom

Posts: 3015; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

No you get real. You love to cry facts whenever you post your hot garbage, but claim I'm trolling when I do the same thing. You're a hypocrite. You didn't give Essential anything. You were trying to take subtle shots and it backfired.

15. meanestgenius

Posts: 21345; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lmao look how defensive you’re getting as if you are the CEO of this company. It’s hilarious! You keep posting liquified BS and conjecture, and constantly troll what you don’t like. You’re the biggest hypocrite on this site. I gave Essential props and you still attack me. Stop being ridiculous and get over yourself.

11. Venom

Posts: 3015; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I don't think you quite understand what the scenario is. I don't blame you for anything.

6. palmguy

Posts: 955; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

The little phone company that keeps on giving. I thought the PH1 would get one more Android OS updates, security updates til next year (2 yrs OS, 3 yrs security updates).

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