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Here’s what’s coming to the Essential phone in the future

Here’s what’s coming to the Essential phone in the future

One of the benefits of not being a giant company is that you are able to move a bit faster and are less bogged downy be legacy considerations. Especially when you’re a small smartphone OEM carrying a nearly pure Android phone. That said, that agility may also cause such smaller companies to make bold promises, just like how Essential is putting some much-requested features on its list for the near future. Whenever that is.

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Essential Phone Camera update brings Facebook and YouTube 360 streaming into play

Essential Phone Camera update brings Facebook and YouTube 360 streaming into play

This week the folks at Essential released an update to their Essential Phone's camera app. The Essential Camera app build 0.1.091 was made to bring YouTube Live 360 support for the first time. The ability to broadcast Facebook Live 360 video to a Facebook page was added in this update as well.

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Essential camera update: Portrait Mode and image quality boost

Essential camera update: Portrait Mode and image quality boost

This morning the Essential PH-1 phone got an update for its Essential-built standard Essential Camera app. With this update, users were given an array of image quality enhancements as well as a brand new feature. This new feature enables Portrait Mode for the app for the first time.

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Essential CEO Andy Rubin takes leave of absence

Essential CEO Andy Rubin takes leave of absence

Right now is a pretty important time for Essential, a company headed by Andy Rubin that's trying to break into the crowded smartphone market with its Essential PH-1. With the phone only a few months old, this can be considered a make-or-break time for the startup. It's strange, then, that founder Andy Rubin has announced that he will be taking a leave of absence from his company.

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7 best premium smartphones of 2017

7 best premium smartphones of 2017

With the year almost over and all of 2017 premium racehorses in position, it’s time to take stock of what’s available to us so far. Just in time, too, since the holiday, and therefore shopping, season is upon us. Not everyone can be winners, and, let’s face it, we probably don’t want them to be. Sooner or later, choices have to be made. Picking out a new smartphone, especially when you’re playing for both teams, can be a pretty daunting quest. Since no one size fits all, and no smartphone can be perfect for everything and everyone, we’ve tried to present this year’s top models along different use cases and needs.

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Essential Phone gets a big discount in Amazon’s Cyber Monday sale

Essential Phone gets a big discount in Amazon’s Cyber Monday sale

Black Friday and Cyber Monday give us a seemingly unending list of deals to sift through, but as far as phones are concerned, there aren't always a lot of discounts that give us pause. Many phone discounts require an activation to go along with the device, and that's enough to sour some people on them. If you find yourself in that boat on this fateful Cyber Monday, then you might want to have a look at Amazon's new offer on the Essential Phone.

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Essential Phone Oreo update released in beta

Essential Phone Oreo update released in beta

There's another good reason to pick up an Essential Phone, with the company releasing its Android Oreo beta today. The new software has been pushed out via Essential's developer site, fulfilling its promise back in October to quickly move users to the latest version of Android.

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Essential phone price is at its lowest, without Family offer

Essential phone price is at its lowest, without Family offer

How low can you go? In the case of the Essential PH-1, the answer to that question seems to still be pending. Late October, one of this year’s smartphone upstarts got a rather hefty $200 price cut, but Essential wasn’t done yet. Now the bezel-less phone with a small notch has shaved off $50, at least for the time being. And at least if you’re willing to buy it unlocked from Best Buy.

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Essential Phone price cut to $650 (in Canada)

Essential Phone price cut to $650 (in Canada)

This week the folks at Essential appear to have given the Great White North a break on the pricing for their first Essential Phone. The pricing comes via Telus - which could mean that Telus is the one doing the chopping - and the final dollar amount is $650 Canadian Dollars - converted straight to USD today and the final price is right around $510 - which reminds me...

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Essential PH-1 time-limited offer cuts original price in half

Essential PH-1 time-limited offer cuts original price in half

Again, no one will refuse a discount, especially one that doesn’t seem to have strings attached. But when said discount amounts to more than half the original price tag, one can’t help but feel a bit suspicious. That may be the sentiment that some observers may be feeling with this latest Essential phone promo. After cutting the price down permanently to $500, Essential is offering the phone with another discount that brings the price down to $300. This time, however, there are some conditions to be made.

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Essential phone gets a very hefty price cut

Essential phone gets a very hefty price cut

No one is probably going to argue over a change that makes a premium product very much affordable. But depending on when the price cut takes place, it could, instead, raise concerns. The Essential PH-1, the first and so far only smartphone from Andy Rubin’s startup, is barely three months in the market. But as of today, the smartphone that was pitting itself against the likes of Samsung, Apple, and maybe even Google itself, is $200 cheaper. That means that the Essential phone is now almost half the price of this year’s top models.

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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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