Essential dropped a bit more info on its Android Oreo update efforts, saying that update is now being internally tested and that the goal is to offer a public beta in a few weeks. The team also revealed that a night mode feature will be included with the Essential Phone’s Oreo upgrade.
Speaking of new features, Essential is also planning to add fingerprint reader gestures to the Essential Phone. This will come even sooner, with Essential saying that it’s in progress and may arrive as soon as the next OTA update.
Another focus for Essential is fixing the touchscreen jitters that some Essential Phone owners are seeing. One Essential employee said that they saw the fix for this problem in action yesterday and that the difference was “night and day.” This bug fix should be included in an OTA update in a few weeks.
The Essential team touched a bit on hardware in this latest AMA, too. The Pure White Essential Phone units are already built, says the team, but the holiday in China is delaying customs for a few days. We’re told to keep an eye out for more news on the Pure White Essential Phone soon.
Essential is also prepping Ocean Depths and Stellar Grey versions of the Essential Phone. Those models are a bit farther out than the Pure White, though, with Essential saying only that they’re “under development.”
This was another informative AMA, and it’s nice to see Essential communicating with consumers and sharing updates on what the team is working on. The good news is that we’ll get more AMAs in the future, because Essential says that it’s going to participate in bi-weekly AMAs, which could help the company to build more goodwill with consumers and maybe sell more phones, too.