Essential Phone Android 9 Pie Update Rolling Out On Sprint

The Essential Phone was the first non-Pixel smartphone to receive the Android 9 Pie update. Google released the update earlier this month and the Pixel handsets were the first to get it in addition to the Essential Phone, the device made by the company founded by the co-founder of Android. It was the unlocked variant that got it first and it’s now being rolled out for the Sprint variant.


Android 9.0 Pie Update Now Available For The Essential Phone

The problem with non-Pixel smartphones is that they are usually slow when it comes to receiving Android updates, especially major ones. However in the case of the Essential Phone, it seems that the folks at Essential wasted no time because shortly after Google announced the release of Android 9.0 Pie, Essential made the update available for their flagship handset.


Essential’s New Modular Accessory Brings A Headphone Jack

Essential hasn’t said much about its plans for the future amid reports that the company has canceled its second smartphone and may even be putting itself up for sale. While maintaining radio science on those important questions, Essential has now launched its second modular accessory for the Essential Phone and it brings a standard 3.5mm headphone jack aside from an enhanced audio experience.


Essential Phone Android P Beta Released

Android co-founder Andy Rubin’s smartphone company Essential has only released one device so far, the Essential Phone, and while it was expected that a successor would be released in 2018 recent reports have been on the contrary. Essential has canceled the device and is believed to be putting itself up for sale. Despite all of that drama, the company today released the Android P beta for the Essential Phone.


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Essential Phone Will Receive Three Years Of Security Updates

Andy Rubin, the co-founder of Android, launched a smartphone company called Essential a couple of years ago. The company subsequently released its first device, the Essential Phone, and as many were now waiting for its successor to arrive, it was reported that Essential had actually canceled the device and was even considering selling itself off. This has obviously led to speculation about ongoing support for the company’s existing devices and […]


Essential Reportedly Cancels Its Second Phone, Might Sell Itself Off

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 mimic in their designs as well.


Latest Essential Camera Update Brings Speed Improvements

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 many users complained about was that the handset’s camera app was painfully slow. Essential has now released a new update for its camera app which it says brings speed improvements.


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

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 creating a so-called “perfect” Android phone.


Essential Promises A Better Camera In Its Second-Gen Smartphone

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 seemed to leave a lot to be desired.


Essential Phone Android 8.1 Oreo Update Rolling Out

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 in favor of Android 8.1 in January this year and said at that time that the move would delay the release by “a couple of weeks.” A couple of […]


Amazon Exclusive ‘Halo Gray’ Essential Phone Comes With Alexa Built-In

Essential announced three new color options for its Essential Phone earlier this week. The handset can now be purchased in Stellar Gray, Copper Black, and Ocean Depths colors for $599. Essential has also announced the availability of another color option called Halo Gray. Unlike the others, it’s exclusive to Amazon and Essential says that this is the first Essential Phone “to come with Alexa built-in.” The Amazon-exclusive Halo Gray Essential […]


Essential Phone Sold Fewer Than 90K Units Last Year

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 as a flagship smartphone from Apple or Samsung, it didn’t sell nearly as many units as flagships from either company. New data shows that the company […]


Latest Essential Phone Update Adds Auto-HDR To The Camera

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 prompted smartphone makers to keep pushing the boundaries of what phone cameras can do.


Essential Phone To Skip Android 8.0 Update, Will Wait For Android 8.1

Last we heard, which was back in September last year, the folks at Essential announced that they were working on the Android 8.0 Oreo update for the Essential Phone. The update was scheduled for a release in the next “few months”, although clearly that has not happened, and the bad news is that it looks like it may never happen.