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Essential Reportedly Cancels Its Second Phone, Might Sell Itself Off

05/24/2018, Last year Andy Rubin’s smartphone company Essential launched their first smartphone, the Essential Phone. It was a game changer in the sense that it introduced the notch in full screen smartphone displays, something that we’ve seen other OEMs start to...

Latest Essential Camera Update Brings Speed Improvements

05/07/2018, Essential, the new smartphone company founded by Android co-founder Andy Rubin, launched its first smartphone last year. The Essential Phone hasn’t really taken off but that was to be expected from a nascent smartphone manufacturer. One problem that...

Essential Phone Receives Yet Another Price Cut, Now Costs $400

04/16/2018, Many were expecting great things from Essential and the Essential Phone PH-1. After all this is a company led by Android’s Andy Rubin and given his tenure and experience with Android and Google, it was expected that he would have taken all of that into...


Essential Promises A Better Camera In Its Second-Gen Smartphone

04/10/2018, The Essential Phone was launched last year and while we appreciated its minimalistic design and also how it might have kicked off the trend of notches in smartphone displays, one of our main gripes in our review was its poor camera performance in which it...

Essential Phone Android 8.1 Oreo Update Rolling Out

03/13/2018, Essential didn’t release a full Android 8.0 Oreo update for the Essential Phone. Even after three beta releases, the company felt that the update wasn’t stable enough for a public release. It then decided to skip the Android 8.0 Oreo release...

Essential Phone Sold Fewer Than 90K Units Last Year

02/12/2018, Essential was quite literally the new kid on the block last year. The startup belongs to Android co-founder Andy Rubin and it launched its first product, the high-end Essential Phone, in 2017. Even though the handset was supposed to be in the same league...

Latest Essential Phone Update Adds Auto-HDR To The Camera

02/08/2018, It used to be that cameras on phones were a novelty feature, but over time we started to see how cameras on phones had the potential to replace point-and-shoot cameras, especially given the fact that we bring our phones everywhere with us. This has...

Essential Touch Latency Fix Being Developed

01/18/2018, The nascent smartphone company Essential launched its first device, the Essential Phone, several months ago. The device has been on the market for five months now and there are still complaints about various issues that users encounter from time to time....

Essential Rolls Out Update For Spectre & Meltdown Security Flaws

01/08/2018, Recently there was a huge security scare when it was revealed that almost all of today’s modern processors were affected by security flaws known as Spectre and Meltdown. The good news is that if you’re using an Essential Phone, it looks like the...

Essential Phone To Get Double Tap To Wake, EIS In The Near Future

12/14/2017, Despite the reports that the Essential Phone hasn’t even crossed the 100,000 units sold mark, it seems that the company is not giving up and is continuing their efforts at improving the device. Just last month the company issued an update that brought...

Apparently Only 50,000 Essential Phones Have Been Sold

12/12/2017, Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone was one that many were looking forward to, given Rubin’s experience and background with Android and his involvement with Danger Inc., the company that created the Sidekick which was one of the more iconic smartphones from...

Essential Phone’s Camera App Updated With Portrait Mode

11/30/2017, It used to be that cameras on phones were considered a novelty because back in the day, the quality of photos taken by such cameras left much to be desired. However fast forward to today, cameras can sometimes make or break a phone, or at least can affect...