Essential Phone To Get Double Tap To Wake and EIS Features, Project Treble For Faster Updates


Andy Rubin's Essential Phone didn't quite take off as expected. The all-screen bezel-less phone suffered negative reviews for its camera execution and other shortcomings. Although Andy Rubin reportedly raised $300 million from investors, sales numbers for the Essential Phone remain undisclosed.

Some of the reports from September revealed that just 5000 units of the phone were sold, but the recent Google Play Store data revealed that around 50000 units of the phone were sold as per the number of installations for the Essential Camera app.

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New features such as EIS and double tap to wake

The company seems to be finding ground now as in its latest Reddit AMA, Essential mentioned a slew of new features, improvements, and bug fixes that are going to debut on the phone with the upcoming updates. The phone will be getting the final Oreo firmware that will also get it into the Project Treble that guarantees faster updates from the OEM. Besides, Essential Phone is also getting the new double-tap to wake/sleep feature along with electronic video stabilization and immersive mode that will benefit watching videos on the phone.

Fixing issues....

Alongside introducing new features, Essential will also be fixing the echo issue in the earpiece that was reported by several Essential Phone users. Even the screencast issue in the Oreo build will be resolved with further updates.

Andy Rubin really wants the Essential Phone to become a successful product, which is why he had been employing different strategies to attract potential buyers. First off, the phone recently received a significant price cut that brought down its pricing $400-$500. Besides, bundle offers were also in the works to make it a stellar deal.

We hope that with the new features and enhancements that are set to debut on the phone soon, Essential Phone becomes the smartphone that it was initially marketed as.

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