Essential Phone's Camera app improved with grid options in latest update

Ever since its commercial launch, the Essential Phone has received lots of criticism for its lackluster camera software. However, Andy Rubin & Co. have been hard at work trying to address these concerns, and we're happy to say that the handset's Camera app has been updated yet again.

The latest patch brings along grid options. As you might know, the camera grid divides the frame into thirds both horizontally and vertically, which allows users to better compose their shots. Also included are various stability fixes. 

The previous camera update went live exactly a week ago and added App shortcut support for mono, selfie and portrait modes, camera roll performance improvements and a 360 image preview. 

You can download the latest version of the app from Google Play.

Essential Camera app on Google Play

source: Twitter

Related phones

  • 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. bucknassty

Posts: 1373; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

how about a revisit? could you all do a quick video on how things have sped up?

2. flakko

Posts: 7; Member since: Dec 21, 2017

I'd say wait until they release stable Oreo. Nougat is still pretty buggy.

3. maherk

Posts: 7012; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I sold my Essential Phone to someone I know, and yesterday I used it for few minutes. He updated the phone to Oreo beta 3, and the latest camera app, the phone is super zippy, and the camera is wayyyy improved. I tried portrait mode, and it's almost perfect now.

4. palmguy

Posts: 987; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

Looking for it in eBay now. :-)

5. joeboxer

Posts: 51; Member since: Feb 19, 2015

the phone costs $460 from offical mobile retailers unlocked in canada, which is id say, $360 america. i have a pixel 2 and is tempted to switch over now that oreo 8.1 is on its way... for the amount i save and bigga screen, is it worth it?

6. Veature

Posts: 4; Member since: Mar 06, 2018

Found another great camera app for Essential Phone. It's new comer on playstore and it's called: Snap Camera HDR by Margins software, pain version cpl bucks. Wish I could post pics here.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit for samples and additional information.