The Essential Phone is getting double tap to wake, EIS and Treble for fast updates

The Essential Phone is getting double tap to wake, EIS and Treble for fast updates
Riding on his creator-of-Android clout, Andy Rubin reportedly raised $300 million from investors for his Essential undertaking, which has so far resulted in a phone with a very promising ideas, but ho-hum execution, as most initial efforts turn out to be. While Essential doesn't disclose sales numbers, analysts back in September mapped its uptake to be just 5000 units, as the handset was plagued by poor camera reviews and other mishaps, and it was unfortunate to come to market when "all-screen" phones from the most popular manufacturers hit the tape as well. 

In addition, Essential had its fair share of publicity troubles, as Andy Rubin took a brief hiatus to work on his workplace relationship ethics, but now seems to be back at the helm, and things are happening. At its latest Reddit AMA, Essential mentioned a laundry list of features and bug fixes that are coming with future updates. First off, the Essential Phone's final Oreo firmware should include the handset in the exclusive club of Google's Project Treble phones, guaranteeing ultrafast updates going forward. In addition, double-tap to wake/sleep is in the cards, as well as electronic video stabilization and immersive mode when watching videos. A couple of fixed for the too loud minimum value, or the echo in the earpiece are also in the work, as is the screencasting issues with the beta Oreo build, too.

To keep a sort of sales momentum going for the initial batches produced, the Essential Phone's price was slashed way down to $400-$500, with various promos and bundles going on. This might have propelled the handset to 50,000 units sold, judging from the uptake of the Essential camera app at the Google Play Store. That's some decent news for the embattled project, and we cross fingers that Andy Rubin pulls through, as we really liked the initial idea for a 5.7-incher housed in a 5-inch body made of alloy that only one niche German company can produce in the needed quantities, not to mention the stock Android, modular design, and other svelte ideas that will hopefully be developed further for the Essential Phone 2, if there ever is one.

source: Reddit

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10 Comments

1. Tech-shake

Posts: 213; Member since: Nov 14, 2016

Essential is really doing great. Keeping this momentum they would have an awesome flagship in 2018 ( if they decide to make an essential 2)

2. maherk

Posts: 6770; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

They still need to do a much better job on their camera app. It's still slow, and it sucks that sometimes I have to take 2 pictures to pick the better one from, one with the stock app and another with the Google Camera app. And you're still not guaranteed a good picture out of both.

3. Cat97

Posts: 1861; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Essential 2 without the lower chin would be a best-seller.

4. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

This phone just keeps getting better and better, a few more camera updates and it might be good enough for me to start recommending it to people who want a good budget phone. When will developers learn that releasing a product with half finished software will leave you doa or damn near, this trend had become particularly bad in video game development smh.

5. maherk

Posts: 6770; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

If they deliver a camera that can give you a 90% of the quality you get from the likes of Google, Samsung and Apple, then this thing would be much more than a good budget phone. But with the two updates they released last week and today, it looks like they reached the max that they can get from their software. Google Camera app is still better, but it's a hit or miss.

6. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1377; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

It may yet become a great phone, keep it up Essential

7. SIGPRO

Posts: 2815; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Welcome to the year 2011!

8. combatmedic870

Posts: 984; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

I've been keeping my eye on eBay for one of these. Once I can get one new in box for 300 I'm going to get it.

9. jjface

Posts: 229; Member since: Jun 07, 2017

Too little too late. Just work on the essential 2 already and leave the 1 to die.

10. shihte

Posts: 61; Member since: Sep 02, 2013

Nice phone with good price also good old 16:9 screen on bezelless phone

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