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Essential Phone Headphone Jack: Now an Adapter

Essential Phone Headphone Jack: Now an Adapter

This week the folks at Essential decided to go the dongle route when it came to a headphone jack for PH-1. Their device already had the ability to administer sound through its USB-C port, but barring that or Bluetooth, there was no traditional way to plug in and jam. Now, with the Audio Adapter HD, there's a headphone jack again. It connects through the pogo-pins at the back of the PH-1 phone.

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Google should just buy Essential

Google should just buy Essential

I feel like it's inevitable that Google will acquire Essential, and all of its assets. They've got the cash, Essential is in a position where being acquired wouldn't be the end of the world, and they're two companies that'd benefit from one another. Plus, it would seem that Essential is already getting in Google's good graces with early inclusion in the Android P Beta - hitting Build 1 starting today.

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Essential PH-1 updates shows why we need more Essential phones

Essential PH-1 updates shows why we need more Essential phones

Andy Rubin took a big risk. The father or Android, as he has been called, tried to out-Google Google in making a phone worthy of being the Android poster boy. But while it may have mostly succeeded in creating an identifiable product, it has arguably failed to sell it. Despite the early investments, Essential is a sinking ship and it will be taking the Essential phones with it. Which is a tragedy for the Android world because it is exactly what the market needs.

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Andy Rubin’s Essential explanation is hardly reassuring

Andy Rubin’s Essential explanation is hardly reassuring

With the fate of Essential uncertain and the Essential Phone 2 reportedly dead, company founder Andy Rubin has spoken out on the speculation he's trying to sell off the struggling business. Still, as reassuring statements go, the comments by the "Father of Android" aren't exactly going to settle many concerns.

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Essential Phone 2 axed as Rubin reportedly weighs selling firm

Essential Phone 2 axed as Rubin reportedly weighs selling firm

Smartphone maker Essential, Andy Rubin's project to reinvent the Android phone, has axed development of its second device and is considering selling itself off, according to a new report. The company is part of Playground Global, the startup incubator that Rubin began in 2015 to focus on new hardware projects after leaving his role as Android chief at Google.

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Download Android P Public Beta for these 11 phones

Download Android P Public Beta for these 11 phones

Today we're having a peek at the Android P Public Beta as it's made available through Google. This system update installs a beta version of Android P (PPP2.180412.013 on your smartphone this afternoon. This update is a "pre-release" edition of Android P, and should be treated as such. Users must opt-in to the Android Beta program to be a part of this preview update.

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The Essential Phone is now under $400, and that’s a big deal

The Essential Phone is now under $400, and that’s a big deal

With its minimalistic bezels and sleek design, the Essential Phone still looks futuristic, but that doesn't mean you have to spend a fortune on it. The Android smartphone launched - with no small fanfare - in August last year, with a not-inconsiderable $699 price tag. Now, it's a whole lot cheaper.

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If Essential Phone 2 stays this flat, I’ll call it king

If Essential Phone 2 stays this flat, I’ll call it king

Essential Phone PH-2 might well be the most excellent offbeat smartphone ever made. But only if Essential sticks to their guns. Only if Essential does not give into the trends that are ruling the smartphone community right now. And only if Essential keeps their display like it should be - super flat. What we're looking at today is a concept rendering of what the next Essential Phone might look like, ideally.

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Essential rolls out update, lackluster PH-1 camera acknowledged

Essential rolls out update, lackluster PH-1 camera acknowledged

Essential might have tried to pull a Google in more ways than one. After all, it did have Android creator Andy Rubin behind it. It shipped a pretty Android phone unencumbered by bloatware of any kind. It was almost perfect, except for one thing that has become critical to today’s smartphone market: the camera. Thankfully, Essential isn’t as deaf as some might think it is and promises to do better in the next Essential phone, whose launch is still unknown at this point.

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Essential Phone Oreo update Android 8.1 just released

Essential Phone Oreo update Android 8.1 just released

Today Essential released Android 8.1 Oreo to the Essential Phone PH-1 for all users. Users will find this update available for them in the device's settings under System - System Update. This version of the operating system includes a wide variety of interesting if not helpful little features that weren't available to the Essential Phone PH-1 before. It's just a little bit more tasty than it was just before this update.

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Essential already patented the Vivo Apex’s pop-out selfie-cam

Essential already patented the Vivo Apex’s pop-out selfie-cam

The thing about a good idea is that, all too often, someone else has had it before you. That certainly seems to be the case with Vivo's attention-grabbing Apex concept smartphone from Mobile World Congress this past week. Vivo got plenty of attention for its Android handset's trick, pop-out front facing camera. Problem is, it looks like Essential got there first.

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Android notch: iPhone X look-alikes you can buy

Android notch: iPhone X look-alikes you can buy

Apple has always been regarded as a trendsetter, whether or not the trends have made sense or not. No matter how much some critics bash it, Apple’s trends, especially around design, often get copied by others. “Others” here being Android phones. Nowhere is that perhaps truer than the divisive notch on the iPhone X. Many of Apple’s own fans have lambasted it but, if MWC and certain leaks are to be considered, it’s pretty much the next big trend alongside bezel-less screens. So if you’re in the market for a notched Android phone and don’t mind being compared a lot with the iPhone X, here are some of the top choices, from those already in the market to those still coming soon.

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