Andy Rubin's email to Essential employees leaks; company is not shutting down but could be sold

Yesterday, we told you that Andy Rubin’s Essential Products had reportedly cancelled development of the next Essential phone while the company is said to be up for sale. A tweet from Rubin posted yesterday stated that the company is still working on home and mobile products. A smart speaker is said to be in the works. The situation is fluid, and today an email sent by the “father of Android” to Essential employees leaked.
In the email, Rubin says that “We are not shutting down the company.” He did say that Essential will be working with banks to shore up the firm’s …


U.S. reaches deal to repeal export ban on ZTE; company gets fined and agrees to management shake up

According to a senior congressional aide, the U.S. reached a deal on Friday that will lift the U.S. export ban that has practically put China’s ZTE out of business. The ban prevented the Chinese phone and network equipment manufacturer from sourcing hardware, software and components from the states. ZTE had violated U.S. sanctions by selling goods and services to Iran. The Commerce Department fined the company over $1 billion, and ordered that ZTE employees involved in the Iran sales have their bonuses withheld and a letter of reprimand placed in their files. The agency also ordered a seven …

T-Mobile parent Deutsche Telekom asks company with pink color theme to 'cease and desist'

Quiz time. What company do you think of when you see the color magenta? Most of you would answer T-Mobile. And that is why the carrier’s parent, telecom giant Deutsche Telekom, is opposing a trademark application filed in England by a Brighton based company called dataJAR. The latter company’s trademark request uses a color that some might think as too similar to the magenta that Deutsche Telekom’s attorneys say is “the core element of its identity.”
While Deutsche Telekom has trademarks that protect its use of magenta, dataJAR founder James Ridsdale says that …

Apple shares hit all time high on Buffet report; company moves closer to a one trillion dollar value

Thanks to an SEC filing indicating that Warren Buffet’s investment vehicle purchased 75 million shares of Apple last quarter, the stock hit an all-time high today. The company, which Wall Street was in a “full panic mode” over, has soared 13% in a week (see the chart at the top of this story) and traded today as high as $184.25. The total value of the 240.3 million shares of Apple owned by Buffet rose today alone by $1.4 billion. Yikes! Consider that this rally came about simply because of the news that Buffet added to his holdings.

Earlier this week, Apple reported its fiscal Q2 earnings …

Essential Phone sequel to have a much better camera, company promises

The Essential Phone was a unique device until Apple launched the iPhone X, as many consider the first smartphone to have introduced the notch. Unfortunately, Essential’s phone had one major problem: the camera.

The dual camera simply failed to deliver, while the camera app was a total disaster at launch. Even though the latter has been consistently improved since the smartphone’s launch, people remain with the impression that the Essential Phone doesn’t offer the same level of quality when it comes to the camera as any other flagship available on the market.

The good news is Essential …

Huawei: Rumors of spying are "groundless speculation"; company shipped 153 million phones in 2017

Huawei CEO Richard Yu has said that the company’s goal is to leap frog over Apple and Samsung to become the largest smartphone manufacturer in the world. To help it achieve that goal, the company hoped to partner with the two largest U.S. wireless operators. Verizon and AT&T were prepared to add the Huawei Mate 10 Pro to their lineups earlier this year, but those deals fell through after the U.S. government became vocal about Huawei’s close ties to the Chinese government. Last month, U.S. lawmakers warned Americans not to buy or use Huawei products. In the back of their minds was a report from …

Samsung is the first company to release the April security patch

Google is usually the first to release a new security patch each month, but sometimes it happens that another smartphone maker gets to launch it first. While this might seem unusual, it’s 100% possible since Google sends these monthly security patches one month early so that smartphone makers can add their own changes.

It happens that the April security patch is now rolling out to a particular Samsung smartphone that’s that’s been released less than a year ago, the Galaxy J3 (2017). For whatever reasons, Samsung picked this entry-level smartphone to be the first device to receive the April …

Amazon shares take a hit as word leaks about Trump's obsession with the company

Investors are dumping Amazon’s shares today, putting a major dent into its attempt to be the first trillion dollar company. Amazon’s stock is down 5.9% ($88.30) at $1,408.75. The impetus for the decline? Media reports suggesting that President Donald J. Trump has it in for Amazon and wants to go after the company’s “tax treatment.” Why Amazon? Did the president miss an appointment because his Echo failed to wake him? Does he not like virtual assistant Alexa? Perhaps he owned an Amazon Fire Phone (that would do it). No. Trump reportedly became upset when his real-estate owning friends complained …

The most quoted HTC official is leaving the company after 8 years

Those of you using Android smartphones are probably very interested to learn when exactly your devices will receive a new OS update. Even though not many handset makers commit to a release schedule for Android updates, we get a lot of rumors that point to approximate timeframes. HTC is one of the few companies that often offer quick Android OS updates to all of its flagships that qualify for one. 

As a tech journalist, Mo Versi’s Twitter account should be your go-to place for the latest information about HTC’s upcoming software updates. That’s one of the reasons …

Amazon passes Alphabet to become the second largest publicly traded company after Apple

Earlier this month, we told you that even though it was the third largest company in the world after Apple and Google parent Alphabet, Amazon could be the first company to have a trillion dollar valuation. That’s because over the last year, Amazon’s stock has risen 85% year-over-year while Apple’s shares have grown 24% over the same time period. Extrapolate this trend into the future, and Amazon will be first to one trillion in August with Apple hitting the mark one week later.

On Tuesday, Amazon’s stock (AMZN) rose 2.7% to $1,586.51 while Apple (AAPL) declined .03% to $175.24 and Alphabet …