Tag: Essential

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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[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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[Update: Walkout plans, Andy Rubin and Google respond] Google allegedly paid $90 million severance to Andy Rubin after misconduct allegation

Nearly a year ago, Andy Rubin took a leave of absence from Essential, after The Information alleged that he was in an inappropriate relationship with a subordinate while he led the Android team at Google. Rubin returned to Essential not long after, but now more details about his time at Google have been released by […]

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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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[Update: Andy Rubin and Google respond] Google allegedly paid $90 million severance to Andy Rubin after misconduct allegation

Nearly a year ago, Andy Rubin took a leave of absence from Essential, after The Information alleged that he was in an inappropriate relationship with a subordinate while he led the Android team at Google. Rubin returned to Essential not long after, but now more details about his time at Google have been released by […]

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Google allegedly paid $90 million severance to Andy Rubin after misconduct allegation

Nearly a year ago, Andy Rubin took a leave of absence from Essential, after The Information alleged that he was in an inappropriate relationship with a subordinate while he led the Android team at Google. Rubin returned to Essential not long after, but now more details about his time at Google have been released by […]

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Google reportedly brushed off sexual misconduct claim against Andy Rubin, gave him $90 million

Forbes Andy Rubin — the so-called “Father of Android” — resigned from Google’s Android team in 2014. In November last year, news broke that Rubin was actually asked to resign following a sexual misconduct claim against him. Now, we have information leading us to believe Google not only brushed aside the credible claim, but also gave […]

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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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