Tag: essential phone

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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Essential Phone’s Android 9 Pie update is rolling out, minutes after Google’s announcement

Mere minutes after Google announced the Android 9 Pie name and official launch, Essential has tweeted that its own Pie update is rolling out to the PH-1 right now. Somehow, in spite of the serious financial problems the company is facing, it’s still absolutely killing it in terms of updates. We’re proud to bring Android […]

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[Deal Alert] Essential Phone being offered with free Earphones HD, 360 Camera, and camera case for $399

The Essential Phone has seen some pretty crazy deals over the past few months, but the best one we saw came last month during Prime Day. Today’s deal isn’t quite as good, but if you’re interested in picking an Essential Phone up, Essential will toss in a pair of its Earphones HD, a 360 Camera, […]

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August 20th may be launch date for Android P

Throughout the summer we have watched Google’s next major update to their Android operating system work through a series of developer preview or beta releases. The long wait for the official release appears to be close at hand according to one reliable tipster. In a Twitter post this morning, Evan Blass aka EVLeaks, suggested the […]

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Essential drops latest Android P Developer Preview within minutes of Google

The only OEM faster to update its devices these days than Google is Essential. Although the company may be running up against rough times, it has consistently offered timely OTAs for security patches and Developer Previews. Like last month, the company is rolling out its own spin on the release candidate-ready DP5 (Beta 3, so […]

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Why go cutting-edge? Here are 7 older flagships that are still worth buying today

You really don’t have to buy the latest and greatest smartphone, especially if you’re on a strict budget. These days, mid-range phones like the Moto G6 series, Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 5 Pro, and Nokia’s 2018 devices all have a lot to offer. There’s also another alternative to buying today’s high-end phones: yesterday’s high-end phones. They’re not […]

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[Deal] Get the 360-Degree 4K Camera Module for the Essential Phone for just $19

In the midst of Amazon Prime Day, Essential decided to run what could only be called a fire sale on its Essential Phone, or PH-1 if you prefer, by dropping the price all the way down to just $250. That was undoubtedly a mega price for a handset sporting similar specifications as the Pixel 2 […]

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Essential may keep Essential Phone updated through Android Q; camera updates on the way

A couple days ago staff from Essential held their monthly question and answer session on Reddit. No major surprises were revealed and unfortunately, there was no clarification as to whether Essential will be able to eventually launch a successor device to their initial product. For buyers who have invested in an Essential Phone, the good […]

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