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Essential Phone camera app updated with selfie flash, 360 camera mode and more

The Essential Camera app also receives stability fixes as part of the new update.

  • Published: February 28, 2018 10:38 AM IST

Essential Phone‘s camera is one of the highlights of the premium smartphone, which remains exclusive to a few markets. As part of a new update to the Essential Camera app, a number of features have been introduced, including the addition of the selfie flash, and a new mode.

The Essential Camera app version is available on the Google Play Store and Essential Phone users can update the app to access the new features. To begin with, a new mode called Tiny Planet has been added to the app. It is still in beta and allows you to view all your 360-degree photos and videos as Tiny Planets with a single tap.

You can also edit, save and share your 360 photos or videos as Tiny Planet right from within the Camera app. The feature also lets you capture still images from your Tiny Planet videos.

The other noticeable feature of the updated Essential Camera app is the addition of the selfie flash. Users of the smartphone will now be able to take brighter selfies with the help of the screen flash. With the new update, the screen illuminates when taking a picture with the front camera in low light. The update also brings stability fixes to the Essential Camera app.

Essential Phone, developed by Android co-founder Andy Rubin, launched last year at a price of $699 (approximately Rs 45,500). It brings some of the most premium features, however, given it is the first smartphone to arrive from Rubin’s company leveraging the Android platform, it failed to receive a warm response.

In terms of specifications, the Essential Phone is equipped with a 5.7-inch Quad HD display with Gorilla Glass 5 on top for protection. It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset, paired with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of onboard storage. For photography, there is a pair of 13-megapixel regular sensor and a monochrome sensor of f/1.85 aperture at the back. The company claims the dual-camera module is the slimmest on a smartphone. Up front, it houses an 8-megapixel camera with 4K video recording capability.

On the software front, the Essential Phone runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat out-of-the-box. It is fuelled by a 3,040mAh battery. Connectivity options include Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi, NFC, GPS and a rear fingerprint sensor.

  • Published Date: February 28, 2018 10:38 AM IST