Given that a lot of our phones these days seem to pack similar hardware specs, one of the ways to differentiate phones from each other would be in terms of features, whether it be software or hardware. The good news for Essential Phone owners is that it looks like the company has recently pushed out an update that will introduce fingerprint gestures.

Note that fingerprint gestures aren’t exactly new and have been introduced in other handsets in the past, like with the Pixel and Pixel 2 phones from Google. For those unfamiliar, basically what this does is that by swiping down on the sensor, it will allow users to reveal the notification shade, and swiping up will dismiss them.

It’s not a groundbreaking feature but it is a convenient feature and one that should help users save some time. In addition to the gesture, the update will also pack the KRACK vulnerability that was pretty big news a couple of weeks ago. Many companies have since patched the issue, so it’s good to see Essential get on board in a relatively short amount of time.

The update sports the build number NMJ20D and weighs 74.8MB, and given that it patches a pretty big security flaw, it is highly recommended that you update your device.

Filed in Cellphones. Read more about Essential and Essential Phone (PH-1).

Essential PH-1
Display
5.71"
2560x1312 IPS LCD
Price (approximative)
~$499 - Amazon
Camera
13 MP
F1.85 Aperture Size
Weight
185 g
Battery
3040 mAh
Removable Battery
Launched in
2017/05/01
System
4GB RAM
Snapdragon 835 + None
Storage (GB)
128
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