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Andy Rubin’s Essential is getting sued for theft of trade secrets

Andy Rubin's Essential has been sued by a startup that specializes in wireless data transmission for allegedly cutting them out of the supply chain for Essential phones.

Andy Rubin's Essential Sued Over Magnetic Connector Tech

A company called Keyssa has filed an intellectual property lawsuit against Essential, the maker of the PH-1 smartphone, backed by former Google exec Andy Rubin. The lawsuit pertains to magnetic wireless connectors that can pass information and current from one device to another, such as the magnetic module accessory system used on the PH-1. Show More Summary

Latest Essential AMA: Oreo Update Status, Night Mode, Stuttering Fix, White Model, and More

The Essential team announced last week that they would start hosting bi-weekly AMAs over at reddit to continue the two-way dialogue that first opened up through an AMA with Essential founder, Andy Rubin. In doing so, they also kicked...Show More Summary

Big new camera update could be exactly what the Essential Phone needs

Andy Rubin's the Essential Phone is an interesting phone, but it's not great, and the main reason for that is the crappiness of its camera. A flagship phone today must have a better, faster camera, period.  Essential tried to remedyShow More Summary

The Essential Phone’s camera may be getting a lot faster

When Andy Rubin's Essential Phone came out in September, our review called out its poorly-performing camera while also noting that there were two new updates to improve things in the week we had the device. Now, Essential users are getting...Show More Summary

Here are the best smartphones you can buy right now

There are always a few different options for anyone looking for a new smartphone. Whether it's Apple's iPhone, Samsung's Galaxy Note8, the Google Pixel, or Andy Rubin's Essential phone, you can't go wrong with any of these devices. Here are the best phones you can buy right now. Show More Summary

iPhone killer dead in water

The Essential Phone, a $700 premium Android handset launched to much fanfare, has sold only 5,000 handsets. Essential, the first major startup from Android founder Andy Rubin’s venture capital firm Playground, currently sells the $699...Show More Summary

Report: Andy Rubin’s Essential Has Only Shipped 5,000 Phones

This report comes from BayStreet Research, which tracks smartphone shipments across the US. The post Report: Andy Rubin’s Essential Has Only Shipped 5,000 Phones appeared first on ExtremeTech.

Essential Phone Now Certified for Use on Verizon’s Network

Over the weekend, Andy Rubin and the Essential team let us know that the Essential Phone’s Verizon certification process is now complete. Days before, they mentioned during a reddit AMA that they were close to finishing up and that the process should be complete within a day or two. Show More Summary

Can Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone Take On The Smartphone Giants?

The creator of Android wants to unleash innovation in a market dominated by Apple, Google, and Samsung. It won’t be easy. According to Andy Rubin, the modern mobile ecosystem is broken. He should know: He helped break it. Read Full Story

The Essential Phone now works on Verizon’s network

Andy Rubin took to Twitter to announce that the Essential Phone’s Verizon certification has finally been completed.

The flagship phone from the creator of Android is getting a headphone jack — but as a paid accessory

Andy Rubin's Essential phone doesn't have a headphone jack, but the company is working on an accessory to bring it back. As per a Reddit AMA ("Ask Me Anything" thread), the team is "actively developing a high end audio accessory to support a 3.5mm jack." If you find the absence of the popular port annoying, we feel you. Show More Summary

Essential team takes to Reddit AMA, promises Oreo update and Verizon certification

Andy Rubin hosted a Reddit AMA, and answered some burning questions the community had. After a few delays, the Essential Phone was finally released last month to awaiting fans and critics. While the Phone certainly has a nice design and exotic materials, there are parts of the device that are a bit of a compromise at the retail price of $700. Show More Summary

Andy Rubin talks Essential Phone camera, 3.5 mm jack accessory, and Android Oreo in AMA

Andy Rubin knows you have a lot of questions about the Essential Phone, which is why he held an AMA on Reddit today to help clear the air on some things.

Andy Rubin answers your biggest Essential Phone questions

Andy Rubin, founder of Android and now Essential, took to Reddit to provide a platform for everyone to ask questions about Essential, the Essential Phone, and more. We provide some of the highlights of the AMA session.

Essential Phone AMA Recap: Android Oreo Update, White Model, 3.5mm Accessory, and More!

The Essential team is spending an hour today participating in a reddit AMA. Well, Andy Rubin is hosting one, but he invited a bunch of the Essential team members to join the party and answer any questions the tech community may have about the Essential Phone (our review). Show More Summary

Canvas’ robot cart could change how factories work

We stopped by Andy Rubin’s Playground in Palo Alto to check out a new autonomous cart from Canvas Technologies. The startup aims to replace existing fixed and expensive factory infrastructure, like conveyor belts, with its lightweight and adaptable computer-vision-powered cart. Read More

The Essential Phone has a clever way of hiding regulatory symbols

Andy Rubin’s new Essential Phone is so devoted to minimalism that the company doesn’t even put its own logo on the device. In fact, there aren’t even any of the ubiquitous regulatory hieroglyphics anywhere on the device. Well, so I thought. Show More Summary

How the Essential Phone won me over completely

Still, Essential saw something missing in the now very mature smartphone market, and led by Android creator Andy Rubin, set out to address that gap. The Essential Phone (PH-1 by technical model name) is the fruit of that labor, created...Show More Summary

Andy Rubin apologizes for Essential email goof, offers affected customers LifeLock and a free phone

Once thought to be a phishing scam, the email from Essential asking people to verify their identity after a phone purchase was actually legit. Unfortunately, the BCC option was not used so any replies would go out to the 70 people who were initially emailed. [...]

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