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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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Apple, Essential, Google had fastest security updates, SecurityLab

Apple, Essential, Google had fastest security updates, SecurityLab

Just last week, a report came out on how major Android phone makers, at least those who sell their stuff in the US, fared when rolling out major Android updates, like Nougat, Oreo, and whatever Android P will be called. But while major updates are important, rolling out security updates are even more critical. Independent security researcher @SecurityLab just published a table showing how smartphone companies fared in providing their users much-needed timely security updates. And the results are not exactly surprising save for one.

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Amazon-exclusive Essential Phone features Alexa built-in

Amazon-exclusive Essential Phone features Alexa built-in

It's only been a day since Essential announced three new limited edition color options for its flagship PH-1 phone, but it turns out Andy Rubin’s startup has one more surprise to add to the mix. Dubbed Halo Gray, this new version sports a stylish look like the previously announced Ocean Depths, Stellar Gray, and Copper Black, however, it's only available from Amazon, and includes a few other noticeable differences.

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OnePlus 5T vs Essential vs Razer Phone: newcomers showdown

OnePlus 5T vs Essential vs Razer Phone: newcomers showdown

MWC 2018 is almost upon us and with it new flagship smartphones. The Galaxy S9, the 2018 LG V30, the Huawei Mate P20, and more will most likely hog the spotlight, one way or another, and it might be too easy to think that these are the best that the Android world has to offer. Or that you have to pay premium to get the best stuff. Fortunately, there are some new upstarts, and one still young company, that is giving the big boys a run for their money. We look at the OnePlus 5T, the Essential PH-1, and the Razer Phone to see which of these three rebels might be worth your money and dethrone the smartphone kings.

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Essential Phone limited-editions include Copper Black surprise

Essential Phone limited-editions include Copper Black surprise

Essential has spilled the details on its three new Essential Phone colors, Ocean Depths, Stella Gray, and Copper Black, with sales kicking off from today. Announced back when Essential first revealed the phone, the new finishes have taken longer to arrive than Andy Rubin's startup initially anticipated, after the discovery that getting the colors and textures right was trickier than they thought.

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