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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 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...

18:9 Displays Expected To Hit 230 Million Units Shipped In 2017

12/28/2017, For the longest time ever, smartphone displays had a display aspect ratio of 16:9, at least until earlier this year when LG launched the LG G6 which featured an 18:9 aspect ratio. This changed the trend and we started to see more smartphones adopt this...

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...

Essential Phone Price Dropped To Lowest-Ever For Cyber Monday

11/27/2017, Andy Rubin’s hardware startup Essential hasn’t seen a lot of success with its first smartphone. No wonder the company has already slashed the Essential Phone’s price multiple times already. If you’ve still been on the fence about...

Essential Phone Android Oreo Beta Program Open To All

11/15/2017, If you’re wondering when your Essential Phone will be getting its Android 8.0 Oreo update, last we heard back in September, the company had announced that the Oreo update would be released in the next few months, and the good news is that you can...

Essential Phone Review (PH-1)

11/09/2017, Even before Essential shipped its first product, the hype was mile-high. As a company founded by Android creator Andy Rubin, it was normal that the expectations were through the roof. The Essential made its debuts in September, shortly after the Galaxy...

Essential Phone Gets Another Price Cut, Drops Down To $450

11/06/2017, When the Essential Phone was announced, many were expecting great things from it. This is because as a new company, Essential was not constrained by expectations that companies like Apple or Samsung face when launching a new smartphone. The company was...

Essential Phone Update Gives It Fingerprint Sensor Gestures

10/30/2017, Given that a lot of our phones these days seem to pack similar hardware specs, one of the ways to differentiate phones from each other would be in terms of features, whether it be software or hardware. The good news for Essential Phone owners is that it...