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Essential finally speeds up its incredibly slow camera app

Essential updated its camera app today, which speeds up all camera modes.

Published onMay 4, 2018

One of the biggest dings Essential received when reviewers got their hands on the Essential Phone was how slow the camera app is. But today, Essential announced a new version of its camera software that gives it a much-needed speed boost.

Essential announced the update via its official Twitter account:

We released an update to Essential Camera app today. You can now take pictures faster across all modes, including Burst mode.
Download the update:
— Essential (@essential) May 3, 2018

According to the tweet, the new update speeds up all camera modes within the app, including Burst mode. To get the update, you should be able to visit the Essential Camera app listing on the Google Play Store by clicking here or the button at the bottom of this article.

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Our testing of the new update proved that the camera app is indeed significantly faster than it was prior. Your mileage may vary, of course, but for us, we saw a big speed boost!

While the camera update definitely speeds up the app, some Essential Phone owners are still not happy. According to this tweet, the speed of the app still falls way behind Google’s camera app:

Glad to see the updates coming, but google camera port is still much faster to snap pics as I just tested with this update. Keep the updates coming and I’m sure Essential will get there.
— VanCity Kurt (@VanCityKurt) May 3, 2018

And many users are thanking Essential for the update, but wish the company would add a professional mode to the app, which it currently lacks:

We need a PRO mode please,this update are instaled but really ,help us with the PRO mode
— Loco GDL (@locogdl) May 3, 2018
Thanks Essential. We now need a Pro mode!
— Gustavo (@gsanchez_me) May 4, 2018

If you have an Essential Phone, update the camera app and let us know how well it works for you by posting in the comments below!