New Essential Phone update enables fingerprint sensor functionality, adds November security patch

The Essential Phone is definitely not a perfect phone, even though it wears the pedigree of Android's creator, Andy Rubin. First off, the smartphone did not get released and the company said it would. Then, the Essential Phone was plagued by numerous software issues especially when it came to the camera.

The good news is the US-based company is trying to patch it up as fast as possible. Several updates have already been released since the phone's launch, which addresses some of the major issues that were reported by early adopters.

The latest Essential Phone update doesn't bring anything in terms of new features, but it adds the new November security patch and provides a fix for fingerprint gesture related instabilities. For those who own the Essential Phone, the update will finally allow you to use the fingerprint sensor with the appropriate gestures.

The small update that weighs in at 57MB is already live, so you might want to head to Settings / About phone / System update and try to download it to benefit from the latest fixes.

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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. shandesilva

Posts: 105; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

What do you mean finger print gestures? Something apart from just unlocking the screen ?

2. Tech-shake

Posts: 213; Member since: Nov 14, 2016

Slide down to pull notifications for example

3. donrox

Posts: 201; Member since: Jul 18, 2014

Will you be updating your review to highlight the many changes/fixes introduced to this phone?

4. japkoslav

Posts: 1511; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Why? Since nobody cares for this phone. I mean other than that it's a huge flop.

7. Blinddisco

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 08, 2017

You care enough to comment

5. libra89

Posts: 2282; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I think it's great that they have been consistent with updates.

6. tokuzumi

Posts: 1907; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

At the $450-500 price point, this phone is now a really good deal. I am looking forward to ordering one.

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