Latest update for Essential Phone allows users to customize use of the notch area

Just the other day, we told you that the Essential Phone received an update to Android 8.1 (build 141). Besides the latest version of Android and the April security patch, the update includes "Essential notch settings" that allows users to customize the use of the notch area on the phone. To get to the proper menu, go to Settings > System > Developer options > Essential notch settings. There, you will find three options.

The first choice is "Essential recommended" and applies settings that the company has set on a per-app basis. "Don't use notch area in landscape" means that with the phone in landscape mode, the screen will not show any image or text under the notch. In other words, with this setting, the area under the notch is never used when the phone is held horizontally. The last option, "Always use notch area," is self explanatory.

Users can also customize the notch on individual apps. For example, they can set the phone to allow videos to reach the edge of the screen for certain video streaming sites; at the same time, the settings can be customized to prevent text based apps from going all the way to the edge of the display where the words would be cut off by the notch.

source: AndroidPolice

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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. LiveFaith

Posts: 487; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

Cool. Nice phone. Impressed by the one my son has.

2. amro99

Posts: 114; Member since: Nov 29, 2012

I'm starting to like this company

3. toukale

Posts: 652; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

It's funny to read the outpouring support for this company on the forums. You would think this company is moving tons of devices. But once again we learned the truth, that supports on tech forums does not turn to sales in the real world. This has been proven over and over in years past. It's the main reason I never take what folks on forums say/post seriously, because I know better and Essential is a perfect example of that.

4. DFranch

Posts: 557; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

I don't really understand your comment. What do their sales numbers have to do with it? Are you saying that all positive comments are people lying because they don't actually own the phone?

5. Penny

Posts: 1860; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

"...outpouring support..." That's completely ignoring the fact that this phone spent several months getting bashed in reviews and in online forums due to software issues/bugginess. It's sales numbers over the first 6 months were something like 90,000 units. Your premise and conclusion are both inaccurate.

6. Penny

Posts: 1860; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

I'll add that the recent support you see for the Essential company is because despite a critical failure with their debut device, they have continued with update after update trying to get the device up to par with where they originally intended. They have also continued to cut its price over time. Despite the software continually getting better and it still being entirely premium hardware, they realize their initial failure and are not letting it blind them. That's a positive sign for a company. Yes, it sucks that the phone wasn't what was expected at launch, but it is also respectable that they tried to make it right. It's one of the few phones running Android 8.1, I'm not experiencing any of the major bugs that plagued it before, and though the camera still isn't the best out there, it's also no longer a buggy experience. I hope you can now appreciate WHY the company is getting support online. They are still young and definitely imperfect, but they are trying.

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