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Andy Rubin’s Essential sued by Tony Fadell’s Keyssa over trade secrets

Andy Rubin’s Essential sued by Tony Fadell’s Keyssa over trade secrets

When you make big noise, make big claims, and use big names, you naturally paint a big target on your back as well, especially legal ones. Most big companies like Google, Microsoft, Samsung, Apple are lawsuit magnets and usually just brush them off usually. Smaller startups, however, might have a harder time, especially when the plaintiff has an equally big name behind it. That’s the situation that Essential, founded by Android creator Andy Rubin, has found itself in when it was sued by Keyssa, backed by iPod co-creator Tony Fadell, over the alleged theft of trade secrets.

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The Pure White Essential Phone is finally on sale

The Pure White Essential Phone is finally on sale

Essential's newest version of its Android smartphone has been released, with the hotly-anticipated Pure White Essential Phone finally arriving in stores. The smartphone initially went on sale in Sprint stores back in September, though despite initial suggestions by the company, only the Black Moon finish was offered. That, it turned out, was because making a white smartphone that stays white proved to be surprisingly tricky.

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Essential AMA: Oreo beta soon, touch fix next OTA

Essential AMA: Oreo beta soon, touch fix next OTA

The Essential PH-1, Andy Rubin's newest baby, was off to a rough start. Delayed and probably overhyped, the Nexus-like bezel-less phone with a notch didn't completely live up to expectations. But, fortunately, smartphones these days are almost like living things, growing and improving over time. As long as their manufacturers are willing to grow them, that is. And Essential does seem to be committed to doing just that. At least based on the Reddit AMA they just recently held.

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Essential Phone update promises a better camera

Essential Phone update promises a better camera

The Essential is probably one of the most talked about Android smartphones of 2017. And that's not all in a good way. Like any small startup trying to make its way through a congested smartphone market, Essential, co-founded and backed by Android godfather Andy Rubin, put the hype machine into full gear. Arriving more than a month later than promised, the Essential PH-1 delivered on some of its promises but flopped on others. One such example is its camera, which is now getting a software update that promises to dramatically improve its performance.

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This is how many Essential phones have been sold so far

This is how many Essential phones have been sold so far

There are a few words of advice regarding windows of opportunity, but seems that Essential, by Android godfather Andy Rubin, may have thrown all those out the window. And now they might be reaping what it sowed. Hyped, late, and imperfect, the Essential PH-1 smartphone may have sold only around 5,000 units, putting it well below most major OEMs and earning it a spot in the niche, and therefore very small, smartphone market.

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Essential Phone can now be used on Verizon networks

Essential Phone can now be used on Verizon networks

When the debut Android phone from Andy Rubin's Essential was revealed last month, it was made clear that Sprint would be the only carrier in the US to sell the device. But for those interested in the Essential Phone that aren't Sprint customers, there's now another carrier option. The device is now certified to work with Verizon's networks, and therefore compatible with the Big Red carrier.

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Essential Phone AMA: 3.5mm add-on, Android Oreo update, more

Essential Phone AMA: 3.5mm add-on, Android Oreo update, more

The Essential Phone has arrived in Sprint stores today, and creator Andy Rubin and his team have been answering questions about the upstart Android handset in a Reddit AMA. As you might expect, there have been plenty of questions about the smartphone's physical design, upcoming modular accessories, and of course when owners can expect Android 8.0 Oreo. On those fronts, there's both good news and bad.

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Essential Phone arrives in Sprint retail stores tomorrow

Essential Phone arrives in Sprint retail stores tomorrow

The Essential Phone will be available to try and, if you're so inclined, to buy in Sprint stores starting tomorrow. This makes Sprint the only carrier in the US that is giving people a chance to play with the phone in person before buying it, the company says, though preorders are available online now. The carrier is also offering a temporary promotion for Essential Phone.

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Essential phone’s claim of toughness put to the drop test

Essential phone’s claim of toughness put to the drop test

JerryRigEverything's Zack Nelson is perhaps best known for his torture test of every notable new smartphone that comes to market. But for scientific purposes, he refuses to do drop tests because he considers them to be too random and have too many variables to become a scientific test. That said, there are just some phones that are so special that Nelson feels obliged to make an exception. Almost fittingly, one of those is Andy Rubin's Essential PH-1, a phone advertised to defy all expectations. And not all of them in a good way.

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The Essential phone is one sturdy beast

The Essential phone is one sturdy beast

Andy Rubin, the quintessential mouthpiece for Essential, has made a lot of promises regarding his startup’s first ever smartphone. In some cases, especially in terms of shipping date, the Essential PH-1 seemed to be a disappointment. In some other cases, however, the Essential did seem to deliver. One such promise is the phone’s durability despite its elegance and, unsurprisingly, it has caught the attention of JerryRigEverything who was only too happy to put its claims to the test.

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Essential Phone teardown is an ugly mess of glue and broken parts

Essential Phone teardown is an ugly mess of glue and broken parts

Though the Essential Phone may have a lot of things going for it - a modular design and the promise of long-term support to name a couple - it seems that repairability is not one of them. As is tradition whenever a new smart devices hits the scene, iFixit has torn it to shreds, determining how repair-friendly its design is in the process. The results, somewhat predictably, were not encouraging.

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Essential’s Andy Rubin just rectified a huge mistake – good on him

Essential’s Andy Rubin just rectified a huge mistake – good on him

This morning Andy Rubin wrote a note to the public regarding the company's recent mishap with emails and private customer info. That sizable mistake grabbed the attention of the entire Android-loving internets this week as it seemed many Essential customers had their personal information shared with email recipients they did not know. Today Andy Rubin rectified the mistake that was made.

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