The Essential Phone is getting double tap to wake, EIS and Treble for fast updates

Riding on his creator-of-Android clout, Andy Rubin reportedly raised $300 million from investors for his Essential undertaking, which has so far resulted in a phone with a very promising ideas, but ho-hum execution, as most initial efforts turn out to be. While Essential doesn’t disclose sales numbers, analysts back in September mapped its uptake to be just 5000 units, as the handset was plagued by poor camera reviews and other mishaps, and it was unfortunate to come to market when “all-screen” phones from the most popular manufacturers hit the tape as well. 

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Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL use OIS and EIS to take "the shake" out of videos

The Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL can produce videos with images that are so steady, they appear to have been shot using a tripod. But the truth is, you can just hold your Pixel 2/Pixel 2 XL in your hand and even if you are jittery, the phone uses what Google calls Fused Video Stabilization. Essentially, this is a combination of optical image stabilization (OIS) and electronic image stabilization (EIS).

Besides a shaking camera that can cause videos to look like you shot them in a hurricane, other things can cause your videos to appear jumpy. Moving the camera too fast can create …