Tag: essential phone

Essential Audio Adapter HD review: High-end sound for the PH-1 won’t do jack to help Essential

Article Contents Essential’s PH-1 was criticized at launch for some valid reasons, like a mediocre camera, high price tag, and lack of a headphone jack. But great software and a falling price have earned it a small but impassioned cult following. Now the high-end niche phone from 2017 has a high-end niche audio accessory to […]

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Essential Phone OTA for December security patch rolling out

Essential has a habit of beating even Google when it comes to rolling out updates, and that trend continues today. An OTA including the December security patches for Android is rolling out to PH-1’s everywhere as we speak, download at your leisure. The changelog is short and sweet this time, without hints of upcoming products or […]

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Essential Cyber Monday bundle includes a phone, 360 camera, camera case, and Earphones HD for $329

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are as much a way to clear out old stock as they are about big door-buster deals. Shocker: Essential still has some phones to unload. We’ve seen this device go on mega-sale a few times, but the Cyber Monday bundle is still rather compelling. You can get the phone, 360 […]

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[Update: Back in stock] Essential reveals its Audio Adapter HD, a $150 machined titanium external DAC for the PH-1

Essential’s Audio Adapter HD has finally been announced. The company has been talking about the existence of this new external headphone jack/DAC since June, and this month’s security update indicated we’d see it soon. But there are a few twists: It’s $150, and a limited edition. Andy Rubin originally promised new wireless accessories “every few months,” […]

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[Update: Already sold out] Essential reveals its Audio Adapter HD, a $150 machined titanium external DAC for the PH-1

Essential’s Audio Adapter HD has finally been announced. The company has been talking about the existence of this new external headphone jack/DAC since June, and this month’s security update indicated we’d see it soon. But there are a few twists: It’s $150, and a limited edition. Andy Rubin originally promised new wireless accessories “every few months,” […]

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Essential reveals its Audio Adapter HD, a $150 machined titanium external DAC for the PH-1

Essential’s Audio Adapter HD has finally been announced. The company has been talking about the existence of this new external headphone jack/DAC since June, and this month’s security update indicated we’d see it soon. But there are a few twists: It’s $150, and a limited edition. Andy Rubin originally promised new wireless accessories “every few months,” […]

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Essential Phone November update rolling out, hints Audio Adapter HD could arrive soon

The cycle of monthly security updates continues. As expected, Essential has just pushed out its November patch OTA on the same day as Google. There is a twist this time around, though: Essential’s changelog includes notes that reveal the Audio Adapter HD could be coming soon. Your November software release is here. Check your Essential […]

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Get Google Camera’s incredible Night Sight mode on Xiaomi Mi 5, Essential Phone

The Google Camera has been ported to the Xiaomi Mi 5 and Essential Phone, complete with working Night Sight mode. Night Sight is a Google Pixel 3 series-exclusive feature that offers superior low-light shots. The port’s developer is also said to be working on bringing it to the OnePlus 6. The Google Camera app for […]

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Essential drops 30 percent of employees, mostly from hardware and sales

Essential just terminated about a third of its staff. Most of the employees worked in the hardware and sales divisions. This is another setback for the beleaguered company during a very rocky 2018. According to Bloomberg, smartphone maker Essential just terminated about 30 percent of its staff. An Essential spokesperson confirmed the cuts in an email to Bloomberg. […]

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Essential is reportedly working on an AI phone that operates through voice commands

While Essential’s first device has a cult following among those who prioritize quick Android updates, it became clear in May that it would never see a follow-up. A report from Bloomberg revealed that the company had canceled a second Essential Phone and put itself up for sale. However, over the past several months, the company […]

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Essential Phone re-review: Good software isn’t good enough for most of us

Article Contents When it was first released, Essential’s entry into the phone market was a bit of a flop. Reviews for the PH-1 weren’t profoundly negative, but the phone’s almost $700 price was humorously high considering its features and problems at the time. A bit over a year later, many of its early issues have […]

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Essential pushes October security update, brings back notch support

In a move that will surprise few at this point, Essential pushed out the latest Android 9 Pie release with October security patches within minutes of Google. Perhaps more exciting is the fact that with this update, the company is bringing back notch support. The settings for customizing how each app uses the status bar/notch area […]

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Essential talks Android Q, notch settings, and more in latest Reddit AMA

Even with a bleak looking future, Essential is still working hard to make sure its customers are happy. In addition to it releasing the Android Pie update within hours of Google making the firmware official, Essential still holds monthly Reddit AMAs were they can answer questions from fans. This month, three Essential representatives (Rebecca, the company’s Chief […]

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Essential Phone finally gets support for YouTube zoom-to-fill

Now that almost every major smartphone has a display with a ratio around 18:9, regular old 16:9 videos aren’t looking too hot with their black bars. To combat this, YouTube added a helpful zoom-to-fill feature to its Android app, but that functionality only works on select, more mainstream devices. The Essential Phone is finally getting […]

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[Deal Alert] Essential Phone in Halo Gray down to $280 ($220 off) on Amazon

Aside from its incredible build and lightning-quick updates, I’d argue that the most interesting thing about the Essential Phone is how low its price dropped in such a short time; this once-$700 phone hit an all-time low of just $249.99 on Amazon last month for Prime Day. Today’s deal on the Halo Gray Essential Phone […]

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