Essential Phone's Andy Rubin just tweeted a patent his company was granted for a phone with a popup front facing camera -- just like that Vivo Apex everyone was going crazy over.
When Essential debuted the first-ever notched display on the PH-1, it was a bold, divisive statement about smartphone design. Then Apple put one on the iPhone X and while some people still didn't get it, the sentiment around the notch shifted from confusion to curious appreciation, or even adoration. Show More Summary
Look Ma, no cam. I'm not going to lie, despite all the hype about 5G and new phones announced at MWC 2018, it still felt kind of like a down year. LG didn't have much, HTC, Xiaomi, and Motorola were essentially no shows, and while IShow More Summary
Light is back with a new twist on its anti-smartphone phone. But this time, instead of doing just one thing, the Light Phone 2 does a few, and exists somewhere between the original Light and your overwrought iPhone – though still far closer to the first-generation Light phone overall. Show More Summary
Oh, look, another camera update. Essential Phone owners have likely grown accustomed to frequent updates for the Essential Camera app, and lo and behold, yet another one is rolling out now. After updating to v0.1.097.006 on the PlayShow More Summary
The new app improvements include a selfie flash, stability fixes, and tiny planet mode.
Having a snap on 360-degree camera is awesome, but we missed the Tiny Planet feature we used to play with when Google released its 360-degree panorama feature many years ago. Luckily there are third party apps to turn your 360-degree image into a tiny planet. Essential saw this void in the feature list and has [...]
Essential's biggest task is to learn from the mistakes of the PH-1. One of 2017's most polarizing devices was the Essential Phone. There was a lot of hype for the startup headed by Android father Andy Rubin, and while the Essential Phone's...Show More Summary
The notch is here to stay. Two upcoming phones are reported to sport the awful, disgusting notch at the top of the screen. Huawei and Asus are following Apple and Essential down the notch hole. Neither of these phones are confirmed or officially announced yet. Show More Summary
A reader asked me the other day if they should ditch their original Google Pixel or Pixel XL for the Essential Phone, since there are always so many good deals on the Essential Phone. I told them, no. I did that because they wanted a...Show More Summary
You don't have to sideload Android Oreo beta updates to your Essential Phone anymore — you can now get them via over-the-air updates.
Essential Phone's Android 8.1 beta is now available via an over-the-air update. To opt-in, all you have to is fill out a quick form and wait for the update to hit your device.
Earlier this month, Essential officially started rolling out the Android 8.1 Oreo beta. The ability to try out the pre-release software meant downloading and installing the software via sideloading. Now, though, Essential is opening things up and making it easier in general to try Android 8.1 Oreo on [...]
Sideloading is still an option, but why would you want to bother with that? Although we're still waiting for the Essential Phone to get a public Oreo update, the company's been running an Oreo beta since November. The process for getting...Show More Summary
We get it, you haven’t sideloaded something onto an Android phone since 2011. That’s completely understandable and no one here blames you. Well, should you not be an adb master hacker elite, Essential is now letting would-be Oreo beta...Show More Summary
As smart phones become an increasingly essential tool of everyday life, the ringtone, too, has made a presence in today’s modern world. “Over the Horizon” is perhaps one of the most recognizable ringtones, as it has been the default ringtone of Galaxy devices since 2011. Show More Summary
These are the essential accessories you need for your Moto X4! The Moto X4 is a solid mid-range phone and one of the latest phones added to Google's Android One program. It's perfect for anyone looking for Motorola's celebrated software...Show More Summary
A new phone arrives at my house on Tuesday while I continue to be impressed by he incredible battery life of the Amazfit Bip watch.
This week, we finally got our first hands-on look at the long-promised "Ocean Depths" colour scheme of the Essential phone. Despite looking very much green in promotional photos, however, the device now appears quite blue. So which is it? And why has this question driven me to the brink of madness? More »
Essential has announced a new 'Halo Gray' color variant of the Essential Phone which will be exclusive to Amazon and will go on sale on February 21st. The device will be priced at $449 and includes Amazon Alexa voice services built-...