Tag: Essential

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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TWRP support now available for Essential PH-1, Nokia 8, and HTC U11 EYEs

Even stock Android isn’t perfect. While the lack of a heavy-handed skin is welcome, many users will find shortcomings (whether personal or widely acknowledged by the user base at large), that they’d like to tweak. Those users will be glad to know that the one and likely only Essential PH-1, one of the few stock […]

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Essential Phone gets September security update immediately following Google’s release

Even though a May report suggested that Essential has canned its second-generation phone (an assertion the company didn’t fully contradict), the first Essential Phone remains a cult favorite. In large part, that’s because the company pushes out Android updates in near tandem with Google — and that was no exception with the September 2018 Android Pie […]

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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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8 of our favorite tech deals this week: Phones new and old (and also some accessories)

Article Contents When you’re following tech deals, you never quite know what you’re going to get. Some weeks it feels like all you’re seeing for sale are smart-home devices, or sometimes it’s Bluetooth speaker after Bluetooth speaker. And while we really appreciate all those offers, they just can’t quite compete with the allure of saving […]

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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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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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