Deal: Buy the Essential Phone and get $99 headphones for free!

Essential has a nice bundle for you: Buy the Essential Phone for $499 and they will send you their Earphones HD for free. Yes, a $99 pair of earphones for free.

The Earphones HD are a high quality pair earphones which take full advantage of the MQA audio in the Essential Phone. They connect to the phone’s USB Type-C port and use a 9.2mm High Resolution driver. The cord is specially made to be tangle-free and Essential includes a hard-shell case in the box so that you can stow them away without worry. Also included are three different sizes of silicon …


Essential updates their camera app with improved photo organization and more!

The Essential phone was one of the most important launches of 2017, but one of the biggest disappointments at launch was the camera. Since launch, Essential has been making steady improvements to the app, and they are back at it again. 

Among the improvements are an update to the camera roll which will allow you to more easily find media of different types with dedicated buttons for things like Slo-Mo, 360 shots, and Burst mode shots. They have also made improvements to 360-degree videos by allowing you to save, share, and edit them as Tiny Planets. …

No, the iPhone X wasn't first to market with a notch, but neither was the Essential Phone (poll results)


Yesterday, we asked if you know which notch-y phone was first to make it to the markets worldwide, and, yes, the question included smaller-than-iPhone-X notches that only house the selfie camera, or the camera and earpiece. About 64% of our 3634 respondents said it was the Essential Phone’s notch protrusion that goes around the front cam that was released to the public first. 

In fact, Sharp’s Aquos S2 pre-dated its release with a few days – August 14 vs August 17 for Essential – although it was never launched stateside, but rather hit the markets in Asia. Sharp has …

Essential Phone updated with MQA support for top-notch sound quality

Essential is making everything in its power to prevent consumers who bought the PH-1 from being disappointed because they choose this particular phone, but also to appeal to even more people who were cautious about getting one.

After delivering the first Android P Beta 1 update to the Essential Phone, the U.S. company is now bringing another major update that will further improve the user experience. Essential announced that its smartphone is now tuned and calibrated to support MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) for high-quality sound.

For those who don’t know, MQA is a new method …

Essential Phone gets updated directly to Android P Beta 1

Google released the Android P Developer Preview beta 2 for all Pixel handsets earlier today, but there’s one particular company that may have done a slightly better job. For some reason, Essential announced that its PH-1 smartphone is now moving from “developer preview” status to “beta,” which basically means that the new build released by the US company today is more stable than the previous one.

The Developer Preview builds that Google pushes out are closer to “alpha” quality than “beta,” even though they are tagged as beta. It’s possible that Essential believes that the new Android P …

Essential Phone gets more improvements via Camera app update

Essential is slowly but surely adding new features and improvements to its only smartphone, PH-1. The latest enhancements come via an update to the Essential Camera app, one of the more sensitive aspects of Essential’s smartphone.

If you remember, Essential added the option to share 360 photos to the Camera app a few months ago, but the latest update makes it even easier to share pictures or videos as a Snapshot, Pano, or Tiny Planet. Moreover, Essential Phone users can turn 360 photos into short Panoramic or Tiny Planet animations.

As far as the settings go, Essential redesigned …

Essential confirms 2 years of Android updates and 3 years of security patches for the PH-1

Although it looks like a second Essential Phone is out of the question for the moment, the company behind the so-called PH-1 smartphone is going to continue to provide timely security updates for the next few years.

Essential confirmed recently that its first smartphone will receive major Android OS updates for two years, and three years of security patches. Since the Essential Phone made its debut on the market back in August, it’s likely that Android P will be the last major software update the smartphone will receive.

However, security updates will probably continue to come to …

Essential Phone receives update to the Android P Developer Preview to exterminate some bugs

The Essential Phone is one of the Android handsets that supports the Android P Developer Preview. And on Friday, the company announced that it was pushing out an update to the Developer Preview that improves cellular connectivity, and fixes issues with Bluetooth and Dark Mode that popped up after the initial update. The new build is PPR1.180412.090 and is being sent out OTA.
The Android P Developer Preview is not meant for the general public. It is unstable and users are likely to encounter many bugs and unfinished features. The update is really for app developers …

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 …

Essential cancels next phone

Essential, the company that created the first phone with an edge-to-edge screen and a notch, has cancelled the Essential Phone 2 and the company is instead now focused on seeking a buyer for its ailing business, according to a new report by Bloomberg.

The shocking news comes almost exactly one year after the company unveiled its marquee phone, the Essential PH-1, on May 25th, 2017. The phone launched with an ambitious ceramic-titanium design and features the fastest chip available at the time, the Snapdragon 835, but it suffered from a variety of issues, from touch input issues …