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This Free App Adds An IPhone X Notch To Your Android Phone

Android smartphones with edge-to-edge screens, like the Samsung S8 or the Essential phone, have found elegant ways to deal with the devices' forward-facing cameras and sensors. But if you're an Android user who'd rather have a garish notch up top like the iPhone X, a new app called XOutOf10 will add a screen-blocking bar to whatever device you're using. More »      

‘Upgrade’ your phone with an iPhone-style notch using this app

Smartphone upgrader 2017 is a simple app that adds a notch on top of your device's screen to make it look like the Essential Phone or the new iPhone.

Essential Says PH-1 to Get Oreo In Next Couple of Months

Essential Products today indicated that its smartphone, the PH-1, will eventually receive the latest system update from Google. "Get your milk ready -- #AndroidOreo is coming soon to Essential Phone. Watch for updates in the next couple months," said the company through its Twitter account. Show More Summary

Essential Phone will get Android Oreo update “soon”

Essential is bringing the latest version of Android to its first smartphone, the aptly named ‘Phone.’ The Android 8.0 release is already available for Google’s own flagship Pixel hardware, but Essential has previously talked about how it will endeavor to follow Google quickly when it comes to major software updates. Show More Summary

The Essential Phone is now certified for Verizon’s network

Recently the Essential team held a Q&A session over on Reddit, and one of the questions revolved around official support for Verizon Wireless’ network and when the Essential Phone would get it. At the time, the team said that they were finishing up the certification process for the handset and that it [...]

Essential Phone Now Compatible with Verizon's Network

Essential Products says its smartphone, the PH-1, is now fully able to run on Verizon Wireless's network. The company announced the news via its Twitter account. Essential didn't say what changed, or what it might have updated to make the phone work more properly on Verizon's network. Show More Summary

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

From the Editor's Desk: How much longer do we wait for Essential to figure it out?

Excitement can only last so long before we start expecting the product to match. I published my initial Essential Phone review on August 18. 11 days later, after a few more software updates and extra time with it, I solidified the review with my final thoughts on the phone. Show More Summary

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 Essential Phone is a remarkable product released as a beta

This beta should have stayed in testing a bit longer, but now that it's out, the Essential Phone is turning into a good phone. It's not uncommon for people to accuse Google of treating its users as beta testers, but that notion — release fast and broken, and fix problems later on — is, in fact, an entrenched part of the startup culture as a whole. Show More Summary

Now Essential's Android phone will work on Verizon too

Despite being a retail exclusive at Sprint, the Essential PH-1 has arrived as an unlocked device. However, as mobile fans are unfortunately familiar with, certification with one particular network is always tricky. Tonight EssentialShow More Summary

Droid Life Show: Episode 151 – Galaxy Note 8, Essential Phone Reviews

On this episode of the Droid Life Show, we’re kicking things off with Google’s confirmation of the Pixel 2 event on October 4 and the latest in rumors surrounding the new Pixel phones. After that, it’s on to our Galaxy Note 8 and Essential Phone reviews, which both wrapped within the last week. Show More Summary

After the iPhone X, every phone will soon be bezel-less. What’s next?

The past year has seen wonderful advances in smartphone design – and more specifically, killing the bezel. The current wave began when Xiaomi announced the Mi Mix late last year, after which LG, Samsung, and Essential all took their own approach to maximizing screen real estate in 2017. Show More Summary

Essential Phone 360 camera impressions: Solid accessory in need of some polish

It's a relatively niche space, but Essential is innovating a bit. The Essential Phone's first proper accessory attachment, its 360-degree camera, is finally slowly shipping to early buyers and is available to add to new Essential Phone orders. Show More Summary

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

Getting a Mobile Phone in Japan

Mobile phones, and more recently smart phones are an essential part of daily life. But do you know how to get your own mobile phone in Japan?To create an account with a mobile service provider, first you must visit one of the many retail locations. Show More Summary

iPhone 8/X pre-order hub: How to get the phone & all the essential accessories

The iPhone X and iPhone 8 are official and today is the day the phones begin to go up for preorder from Apple. Will you preorder direct from Apple’s website for your first chance at the device? Or will carrier deals and upgrade programs...Show More Summary

Essential team does Reddit AMA, shares lots of interesting info

The Essential Phone is a controversial topic. There are a lot of people on both sides but we can all agree that it’s an important company at the moment. The core team decided to do an AMA on Reddit, answering questions from fans and users. Where most AMAs are very simple [...]

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

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