Tag: Essential

Patent filing looks like an Essential Phone 2, despite claims to the contrary

A recent patent filing in the United States by Essential Products, Inc., lays out some information about a new device which looks a whole lot like an Essential Phone 2. Normally, a follow-up to a widely-publicized smartphone wouldn’t be too surprising. However, a lot happened last year that suggested there wouldn’t be an Essential Phone […]

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Essential just brought Newton Mail back from the dead, back to old $50/year pricing

In somewhat of a strange move, phone manufacturing startup Essential purchased CloudMagic in December of last year. CloudMagic’s primary product was Newton Mail, a cross-platform mail application that cost $50/year to use, which shut down last August. Now it seems Essential has revived Newton Mail, as the service is once again online and functional. In […]

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Essential Phone February security patch already rolling out

Hot on the heels of Google pushing the latest update to the Pixel devices, Essential shows it still means business and has issued its February security patch for the Essential Phone PH-1. The update brings the device to build PQ1A.190105.014 and includes the usual bundle of non-Pixel specific security fixes as listed in the February Android […]

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Essential Phone isn’t dead yet, picks up January update mere hour after Pixels

Essential’s January update to the PH-1 was a bit delayed compared to the company’s usual standards. Instead of the typical near-simultaneous release, we had to wait just over an hour for the Essential Phone to get this months’ patches. For fans of the house of Rubin, that’s nearly an eternity. Essential’s monthly patches, as always, […]

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Essential Phone discontinued as company efforts switch to its ‘next mobile product’

Earlier today, Droid Life remarked that the Essential Phone was now sold out on Amazon, speculating that this might be “the end” for the PH-1.  This was after the company’s own storefront appeared to run out of stock last week and Best Buy’s unlocked listing has the phone as “no longer available.” Curious, we reached […]

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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 acquires CloudMagic, the company behind now-shuttered email app Newton Mail

Misery loves company, and Essential has just bought some. CloudMagic’s eponymous email app was once a pretty appealing offering with an unbeatable price tag of free. That was before it was rebranded as Newton Mail and had a hefty $49.99 annual subscription fee slathered on it in September 2016. As you can guess, that didn’t go over very […]

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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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