Essential updates its Camera app with even more improvements

Essential updates its Camera app with even more improvements
Although the Essential Phone has been criticized for its camera and software, Andy Rubin's company has been hard at work trying to address these concerns since the smartphone was launched on the market.

Another step towards fixing all these issues with the Essential Phone has been made recently, as the Camera app of the handset received an update that further improves some of the existent features.

Firstly, Essential has added App shortcut support for mono, selfie and portrait modes. Also, the Camera Roll performance has been improved, along with the 360 image preview. Finally, many stability fixes have been implemented, so Essential Phone users should notice the Camera app is much smoother after the update.

Essential confirmed the newest version of Camera app has already been listed in the Google Play Store, so make sure to download the update to benefit from the latest improvements.

source: Essential (Twitter), Google Play Store

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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. palmguy

Posts: 982; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

Come on eBay. Drop the price a lil more & imma have me an Essential. :-)

4. bucknassty

Posts: 1350; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

Same! i would like to try it for a couple months

2. antroid

Posts: 392; Member since: Jan 24, 2018

It's already less than 450$ from Amazon, I doubt the price would drop lower than that. Not that I'm against it but the price is too cheap for this device already

13. logicsdude

Posts: 85; Member since: Jun 25, 2014

It'll go lower as the phone gets older. Once it's a generation old it'll be around $300, probably

3. wabajak13

Posts: 55; Member since: Jan 02, 2018

But at the end of the day, it'll never be quite good enough. I compared it to my slowly dying 6P and that 4 year old phone (or however old it is) ran circles around the Essential in absolutely every regard. Sent it back the next day.

5. maherk

Posts: 6939; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

One day isn't enough to judge any phone, let alone a phone that is constantly receiving software updates that is taking advantage of the great hardware underneath. I had the Essential Phone for 10 days, and my friend bought it from me, and it was just as fast as my Note 8. The last camera update I received greatly improved the picture quality, and it was comparable to the pictures I got from my Note 8. And the best part about it, that with the Google Camera app, it gave me almost a Pixel like pictures with the impressive HDR+. Every picture I took using that app was better than the Note 8.

7. ikehigh05

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 26, 2018

I totally agree. I really dont understand the hate for this device. I got one used for $300, and it has been a great phone overall. Rooted it, upgraded to oreo, installed the modded google camera app and now this thing is definitely one of the best phone experiences Ive ever had. I've enjoyed this phone more then my iphone x and my last android phone, oneplus 5. With the modded google camera app, this thing takes better overall pictures and handles portrait mode better than my iphone x. I know modifying devices isn't everyones cup of tea, but for people comfortable with rooting their phones, this thing is a gem! Very underrated device.

8. maherk

Posts: 6939; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

You don't even need to modify it, just sideload the Pixel 2 camera app and you're good to go. And even if you didn't, you will still get great shots with the stock camera app. People just blindly follow some reviewers, thus why they hate this device. If this phone was an iPhone or Galaxy phone, it would've been one of the most admirable phones on the planet. If we had a return policy here like in modern countries, I would've returned my Note 8 the next day I got it and kept my Note 8. But sadly we don't, and I would've lost al least 150 dollars if I sold it after using it. So I decided to keep the Note 8 and was forced to sell the Essential Phone :/

9. ikehigh05

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 26, 2018

I thought portrait mode would not work on the modded google camera app unless the phone was rooted, otherwise there would be lens blur as a option instead of portrait mode? Well regardless of the matter, your right, this device is great stock. And the stock camera is not bad at all. I also rooted soo I could use iOS emojis lol.

10. maherk

Posts: 6939; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Nooo lol, you can simply go to the settings and turn on portrait mode, then restart the app. Then portrait mode will replace lense blur. And see, you rooted your phone because you needed iOS emojis, but the phone as it is, doesn't need any modifications to perform like a true flagship. The only thing that Essential need to work on, is improve the phone's ram management.

11. dimas

Posts: 3380; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

You and ikehigh05 have the most civilized comment thread I've read in phonearena for the past weeks. Why can't everybody be like this, sharing insights properly? I will get essential phone next month. Just waiting for a few more discounts because I'd like to tinker with it and not going to use it as my main device. I am really getting intrigued with it's 4k selfie camera.

6. maherk

Posts: 6939; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

To anyone interested in buying the Essential Phone, my advice for you is to go for it. I regret ditching it for the Note 8. Yes the Note 8 is better, but it was unique and felt like a piece of jewelry in my hand. The camera was amazing, especially using the modified Google Camera app, and now you can have all the Pixel 2 camera goodies on it as well. I also had the 360 camera, and it was a joy to use it.

12. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

How about that signal strength though? I've read it's pretty bad, and the main reason I skipped it.

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