Essential Phone update improves camera low-light performance, brings bug fixes

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Essential Phone has to be one of the most anticipated phones of 2017 just for the fact that the company is led by Android creator; Andy Rubin himself. After breaking promises, delays in deliveries, the phone has finally gone for sale a while back and much to everyone’s surprise, the device has been received mostly negative reviews mostly due to its poor camera performance.

Though the company has pushed three camera updates since the launch, nothing seems to have been working out. After a lot of feedback from customers and forum discussions, Essential has come out with a blog post announcing a new update that promises to improve camera performance.

To get this update, Essential Phone users first have to install the system update and then update the camera app directly from Google Play Store. The company states that the new update will improve the latency and also the capture speed of the camera by 40%.

Here are specifics of the new camera update,

  • Boosted capture speed in regular and low light to below 1 second (over 40% faster)
  • Improved brightness and performance in low-light
  • Spatial sound when shooting in 360 (supported on device, Facebook, and YouTube)
  • Use volume up/down keys as shutter buttons in 360 mode
  • Countdown timer when in 360 camera mode
  • Bug fixes and overall reliability improvements

The company says that it is still working on bringing out more refinements to camera performance especially the HDR mode, live 360-degree streaming to Facebook and Periscope, animated 360-degree stills and filters, Portrait and Pro modes. All the improvements will continue to roll out through Google Play Store.

An OTA update with build number NMI81C will start rolling out from today to Essential Phone but might take some time before it reaches you.


Sai Krishna contributed to this post

Author: Srivatsan Sridhar

Srivatsan Sridhar is a Mobile Technology Enthusiast who is passionate about Mobile phones and Mobile apps. He uses the phones he reviews as his main phone. You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram