When I wrote MobileSyrup‘s Essential Phone re-visit back in December, one of the ongoing issues I noted with the phone was touchscreen latency. With the Essential Phone, there’s a noticeable delay between when you tap the screen and the phone registers the input. It’s particularly jarring if you’ve used the Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL, which have no such issues. You can see the touch latency in action in the tweet below from Android Police‘s David Ruddock.
Seriously, look at this. pic.twitter.com/DKNkE8VcS3
— David Ruddock (@RDR0b11) December 19, 2017
Across multiple instances of its monthly Reddit AMAs, Essential has promised to fix this issue for several months now. During its most recent AMA, however, the company said its aim is to deliver a fix when it pushes Android 8.1 to the device.
“I know we’ve been saying this for weeks but we have pulled aside resources that specifically committed to improving touch and latency,” said a spokesperson for the company. “There are trade offs we are testing internally and our goal is to provide something in the 8.1 release we just need to make sure by fixing the jitter issue that we are not creating another problem. Sorry this is taking so long, we just want to get it right given how vocal our audience is.”
With the Essential Phone currently on its third Android Oreo beta, it’s likely users will still have to wait a fair bit before they see the problem resolved. That said, it’s good to see that Essential has made addressing the issue a priority.