Lenovo launches two affordable Android tablets: Tab 7 and Tab 7 Essential

Lenovo already has a huge portfolio when it comes to Android tablets, so it’s probably hard to keep track of everything the Chinese company launches almost on a monthly basis. In any case, if you’re looking for a brand new Android tablet that’s on the cheap side, Lenovo sure have the answer (quite a few as a matter fact).

The company’s latest duo of Android tablets doesn’t even go over the $100 price mark. Lenovo Tab 7 and Tab 7 Essential are now available for purchase for just $99.99 and $79.99, respectively.

Naturally, at these prices, you shouldn’t expect …


Essential Camera app gets another much needed update, here are all the changes

The Essential Phone is not necessarily a bad device, but it had some software issues at launch. Some of these problems have been corrected in the meantime, but there’s one thing that requires a bit more time – camera.

Coming as a separate accessory, the Essential Camera “benefits” from a UI and app that needs a lot of work just to reach the same level of quality of a standard flagship smartphone.

It appears that Essential understood that and released a couple of updates for the Essential Camera app, which adds some new features and corrects many issues.

The …

Download Android 8 Oreo (beta) on your Essential Phone today

As of today, November 14, if you own an Essential Phone, you can install a beta build of Android 8 Oreo on it. Since this is not a final version of Oreo, it likely comes with various bugs. Essential encourages customers to report these bugs on its official forums, and says that, should you not like the software experience, you can revert back to a stable version of Android 7 Nougat (the one that most Essential Phone users currently have).

According to Essential, downloading this beta build of Android Oreo “will not affect your Essential Limited Warranty rights”. …

Action Launcher update brings Essential Phone support, adds adaptive folders

Action Launcher, the popular Android app that allows users to customize their smartphones, is getting yet another important update. This would be version 31 and, as developer Chris Lacy points out, the launcher receives a handful of new features and improvements.

First off, Essential Phone users will be pleased to know Action Launcher now has support for this particular device. Another important addition is adaptive folders support. On top of that, the developer announced adaptive icon support, which previously required the one-time Plus upgrade, is now available for free to everyone.

Furthermore, …

Essential updates its 360 Camera module with Facebook Live 360 streaming support

Essential announced not long ago that customers who bought its 360 Camera module will be able to broadcast Facebook Live 360 directly from their Essential Phone. Considering the issues the Essential Phone’s camera has, that’s probably the last thing that those who purchased it would want.

Still, if you’re into 360-degree content and absolutely must capture your adventures using this format, you can do it if you have an Essential Phone and the 360 Camera released by the US-based company.

The latest 360 Camera update will now enable you to start a Live 360 …

New Essential Phone update enables fingerprint sensor functionality, adds November security patch

The Essential Phone is definitely not a perfect phone, even though it wears the pedigree of Android’s creator, Andy Rubin. First off, the smartphone did not get released and the company said it would. Then, the Essential Phone was plagued by numerous software issues especially when it came to the camera.

The good news is the US-based company is trying to patch it up as fast as possible. Several updates have already been released since the phone’s launch, which addresses some of the major issues that were reported by early adopters.

The latest Essential Phone …

Best Buy knocks another $50 off the Essential Phone; discount takes the price down to $449.99

If it’s ___day (fill in the blank), it must be time for another price cut for the Essential Phone. This time, big box retailer Best Buy has lopped another $50 off the already discounted price of $499.99. So now, you can pick up Andy Rubin’s smartphone for just $449.99. And the modular 360 Camera is now just $49.99, a huge savings from the pre-sale price of $199.99. The accessory uses magnets to ‘plug-in’ to the back of the handset.

It’s not like the Essential Phone isn’t well spec’d. After all, it does feature a 5.7-inch edge-to-edge LCD display with a resolution of 1312 x 2560, and it is …

Reddit AMA reveals that Stellar Gray will be the next color available for the Essential Phone

Every other week, Essential team members have appeared on Reddit to discuss the future of the Essential Phone during an AMA (“Ask Me Anything”) session. The most recent AMA featured Dave Evans (VP of Design), Linda Jiang (Head of Industrial Design), and William Leggett (Director of Product Design). The team members answered questions ranging from the colors we can expect to see on future versions of the handset, and why wasn’t the phone certified for ingress protection.

According to the latest AMA, samples of the highly anticipated Ocean Depth color are still running into problems, and …

Essential Phone receiving another update that improves touch scrolling, adds security patches

The Essential Phone is getting another update, smaller than the previous one, which brings a couple of improvements and some security patches. The firmware version NMJ20D weighs in at 74MB, so this isn’t a large download at all.

The changelog mentions a security patch for KRACK WPA2 vulnerability, as well as the October security update that’s been released by Google earlier this month.

As far as the smartphone’s software is concerned, Essential says the update should improve touch scrolling. Also, the update is supposed to improve the performance of the …

Friends and family code drops the price of the Essential Phone to $299

About a week ago, we told you that the Essential Phone had received a $200 price cut, dropping the cost of the phone to $499. That 29% drop certainly made the device more affordable. But suppose we told you that there is a way for you to pick up the Essential Phone, Andy Rubin’s pride and joy, for only $299. While our math skills aren’t what they used to be, that is less than half the original $699 price for the handset.

To score an Essential Phone for $299, you are going to need the friends & family discount code. To receive that code you will have had to pay full price, or know someone …