While the Essential Phone might not have received the warm welcome that the company hoped it would, the upside is that the company seems to be quite on the ball when it comes to updates. They were one of the first few handset makers to roll out the Android 9.0 Pie update for their phone, and now it seems that they could be on track to do the same with […]
It has been a while since Essential launched a new smartphone. There were rumors that perhaps we may never get to see one from the company again. That notion has seemingly been dispelled by the founder and CEO of Essential, Andy Rubin. He has tweeted out what can only be described as an acknowledgment that there’s going to be a new product announcement soon.
It is only to the benefit of handset makers if you spend a lot of time on their devices. This means that you get more entrenched into their ecosystem, use their apps and services, and potentially makes you a loyal customer for life. However in more recent times, these companies have started to introduce features that actually try to discourage users from overusing their devices.
Many were understandably hyped up about the Essential Phone. After all it is a phone made by a company founded by one of Android’s creators, so who better to create an Android phone than one of its original creators, right? Unfortunately the device did leave much to be desired and apparently cancelled the development of its second phone.
The Essential Phone was launched without a headphone jack, much like quite a number of smartphones these days. However the company later announced that they would be launching an audio adapter which is basically an external accessory that brings back the 3.5mm headphone jack.
Many had a lot of hopes for the Essential Phone. This is because Essential was founded by Andy Rubin who helped create Android, so who better to create an Android phone than one of the creators of Android, right? Unfortunately the device wasn’t the smashing success many had hoped for, and now it looks like things are looking a tad bleak for the company.
The problem with smartphones these days is that many are starting to ditch the headphone jack. We imagine that in the next few years when wireless headphones become ubiquitous that this will no longer be an issue, but for now there are still many out there who rely on wired headphones which means buying adapters and dongles.
With more handset makers ditching the headphone jack, what many have opted to do is instead bundle USB-C to 3.5mm adapters with their phones. However Essential decided to do something else, as you might recall, because earlier this year the company announced that they would be launching the Audio Adapter HD attachment.
The Essential Phone was one of the first Android-powered devices with a notched display. It came with the notch settings feature on Android Oreo which allowed users to customize who each app used the notch and status bar area. These settings were removed with the Android 9 Pie update that was recently released for the handset. The Essential Phone notch settings may return with a future Android Pie update.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 […]