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Sorry for digging this thread from its grave. I just got the essential phone with a 360 camera on swappa. wanted to use it for my vacation along with a Zhiyun pro.

It's on android 10 stock at the moment. Can anyone suggest to me a good ROM based on Android 11 which has the 360 camera working ?
 

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Sorry for digging this thread from its grave. I just got the essential phone with a 360 camera on swappa. wanted to use it for my vacation along with a Zhiyun pro.

It's on android 10 stock at the moment. Can anyone suggest to me a good ROM based on Android 11 which has the 360 camera working ?
I am using StatixOS which works perfectly for me, including 360 Cam. It has its own quirks like using a specific stock firmware base. And the last two OTAs are screwed up, so the latest stable one that works for me is May 2021. There is a thread about this ROM in the ROMs and Recoveries forum - read it for all the details.

This is just my experience. I am not recommending this ROM, just saying that it works for me. 🙂 I haven't tried any other A11 ROMs.
 

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    Frequently Asked Questions
    Essential Phone
    PH-1/Mata

    This is a shortlist of frequently asked questions in this device forum and the answers are often given as a response. It should serve as a starting point for gathering knowledge and finding solutions to many common problems.

    Q1: Where do I find Official specs and product info?



    Official site is Down
    Q2: How do I get my PC to recognize my phone in Fastboot/bootloader Mode ?
    Q3: Does the phone have an unlockable bootloader?
    Yes! The bootloader on Essential Phone can be unlocked by following the directions here: https://source.android.com/source/running. To reach fastboot on your Essential Phone press and hold volume down, then press and hold power.​
    Q4: I currently have the grandfathered Verizon Unlimited Data Plan does Hotspot work without Rooting?
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    Not sure if my guess is correct, but let me try...

    Your time format appears to be standard for the French (or "French-based") locale setting. Try going to the Date and Time settings, disable the "Use locale default" switch and force "Use 24-hour format" - see the attached screenshot.

    Hope this helps...

    Hmm... Just read your next message. Strange - I am on full Q stock (same build), and I have two switches for the time format in the settings, not just one. No idea why you only have one.

    Hi,
    Thanks for your help.
    I manage to switch back to the '' hh:mm'" format by modifing the langage. After the reboot the first language was French Canadian, after switching to "regular" French the clock immediately get modify.
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    Hi, according to https://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/Essential+Phone+Teardown/96764#s178516 the phone has an internal (probably neodymium) magnets. So can it demagnetize the credit cards if i put them together? For example often i hold the wallet with cards and phone in one hand, can it damage the cards?
    The magnets will demagnetize a card. Happened to one of my cards second day having the phone. Luckily most places use the chip

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    hi im thinking about getting the essential phone
    does it have otg and can I hook controllers memory sticks etc I know it has usb type c but I also know some new phone dont have otg feature for example huawei ascent xt2
    OTG works. I'm using the dongle from this thread. I occasionally use it to pull files from a flash drive.
    https://forum.xda-developers.com/es...-c-adapter-usb-b-hdmi-usb-c-charging-t3678739
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    So I bought my phone from essential and Sprint is telling me it's not compatible. Any suggestions?

    They're idiots. I got the same thing.

    Do online activation or by telephone...so long as you have a sim. Also notify Essential, they're on top of issues like this and replied to me within 12 hours of every email trying to get Sprint to activate my phone.

    You need offline support to add your MEID to their inventory database. This takes a few days typically