The Essential Phone has had some issues since its debut which resulted in a $200 price drop, but the latest update includes new gestures and performance enhancements, bringing it one step closer to the heavy hitters in its class.

The Essential phone is one of the newest players in the Android smartphone market, and while it has received positive reviews for its premium build quality and stock Android experience, users have complained of problems related to touch response and the lack of swipe gestures for the device. Brand new phones rarely get everything correct right out of the box, and a new update available for the Essential phone, looks to address some of those issues.

The 74MB Android Nougat update includes some performance enhancements, bug fixes and a patch for the KRACK WPA2 vulnerability. Users can navigate to the update menu to begin installation but Sprint customers will need to wait for the network to approve the OTA rollout.

Notable changes include:

  • Google security patches 2017-10.

  • Security patch for KRACK WPA 2 exploit.

  • Improved performance and bug fixes.

  • Improved touch scrolling.

  • Fingerprint gesture enabled – swipe fingerprint for notifications.

Fingerprint sensor gestures on the Essential Phone now operate like they do on the Google Pixel and the Pixel 2 phones. Swiping down on the sensor reveals the notification shade, and swiping up dismisses it. Although a small tweak, this should help to enhance the user experience for PH-1 owners.

The big question for the Essential phone is when Android 8.0 Oreo will be rolling out to the device, and Essential has confirmed that is a work in progress. A beta version has yet to be released but the company stated that a public Oreo beta was "several weeks" away. The several weeks away statement was about three weeks ago, so it's anyone's guess as to when the beta will be rolled out.

How do you feel about the latest update to the Essential phone? Are you excited to see more touch gestures implemented? Drop a comment in the section below and let us know.

Via AP