Essential, the company that was started by Android co-founder Andy Rubin, is shutting down. The only phone it made, the PH-1, received its final security updates earlier this month.
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The time has finally arrived, after months of heavy discounts for its phone, Essential has finally discontinued the PH-1. The firm also stated that it's working on its "next mobile product".
Essential is showing some signs of life with the launch of a new magnetic accessory for the PH-1. The Audio Adapter HD is a dongle for 3.5mm headphones which costs a whopping $149.
It looks like more bad news for Essential, as the company has laid off close to 30 percent of its staff. The company has acknowledged the move, stating that its "sorry for the impact."
Essential has been doing a great job of keeping things up to date on its phone. Last month it delivered Android 9.0 Pie and today, it has released Google's September security update.
Google just recently announced the Android 9.0 Pie update. What might come as a bit of a surprise is that Essential has now made the software update available for download for the PH-1.
Google just released its final beta of the Android P Developer Preview. Surprisingly, Essential has also issued Beta 3 for its Android P beta that includes updates from Google's latest release.
A day after the Essential PH-1 made its debut on Prime Day with an amazing discount, Essential is offering a massive discount of its own, knocking $180 off the price of the 360 Camera accessory.
If you were looking for a handset with good specifications and Android P support, the Essential PH-1 might be the handset for you. The smartphone is priced at $249.99 for Prime Day.
Google has announced the Android P Beta program at I/O 2018, its annual developer conference. The program now supports flagship devices from seven more manufacturers in addition to the Pixel devices.
The Essential PH-1 has been on sale since August of last year but has only been available to select regions. Now the handset will be made available to those in Canada, France, Japan, and the U.K.
A little over a year after it was announced, the Essential PH-1 handset is receiving another heavy discount. The smartphone is available in three colors: Black Moon, Pure White, and Halo Gray.
An over-the-air (OTA) update to Android 8.1 Oreo is now being made available to Sprint Essential PH-1 handsets, bringing a number of new features, improvements, and security updates to the device.
Andy Rubin's Essential had a pretty rough first year, despite the hype surrounding its product, the PH-1. Now, the firm is promising a better version with the release of its successor.
In what comes as a bit of a surprise, Essential has now announced the arrival of an official build of Android 8.1 Oreo for its PH-1 handset. The update is being pushed to handsets over-the-air.
Yesterday, Essential unveiled three new color variants of its handset, with yet another now revealed. It will be exclusive to Amazon and will also have Alexa built-in. Pre-orders are open now.
Newbie smartphone manufacturer, Essential, has announced that it will be skipping the 8.0 version of Android Oreo due to stability issues and upgrade the PH-1 smartphone directly to 8.1.
It looks like Essential PH-1 users will be in for a treat today. Along with a new Reddit AMA, the firm also announced that it would be releasing the third beta for its Android Oreo build.
Over the past few months, Essential has had its nose to the grindstone, making sure that its customers are happy with the handset. Today, the firm has issued another update focusing on the camera.
Essential has updated its camera app to enable 360-degree livestreams using Facebook and YouTube. The update also brings other improvements such as improved stability and enhanced image quality.
It's another week and Essential once again held a Reddit AMA to answer questions about its handset. A new portrait mode for the camera is available, while a new Android 8.0 beta will arrive next week.
If you've been hankering for a chance to grab the Essential PH-1, now is absolutely the time. The handset has now been discounted to $399 and will also come bundled with the 360-degree camera.
Essential has tried to be transparent through its Reddit AMAs and in its latest round, it has addressed customers' concerns about signal strength, touchscreen sensitivity, and camera compression.
If you've been wanting Android 8.0 for your Essential PH-1, you'll be happy to know that the firm has now released a beta of the OS through its developer portal that is available to all.
Best Buy has reduced the price of the Essential PH-1 to $449.99, which is $250 off its $699 launch price. However, the price cut is not official, since Essential is still selling it for $499.
Although Essential has struggled over the past few months, it has tried to realign itself by engaging with the community and being more transparent. Today, it has released a new update for its phone.
It was only this week that Best Buy offered the Essential PH-1 for $100 off. Now, Essential is taking things a step further by discounting the handset by $200, which should be a welcome move.
It took only two months, but the Essential PH-1 has been discounted. It is unclear just how long this price reduction will last, but those that are curious will be able to buy the phone for $100 off.
Essential started off the year with a bang, showing off its smartphone with its near bezel-less display. But, over the past few months, the company has had issues, and now another one has arrived.
After months of delays, the Essential PH-1 finally started shipping to customers in late August. Now, the firm has introduced a new color, the Pure White variant, and made it available for sale.
The team behind the Essential PH-1 has addressed some of the concerns about the handset and has also shed light about upcoming updates like Android 8.0 Oreo, along with the availability of new colors.
While there was quite a bit of hype surrounding the release of the Essential PH-1, it appears that the hype didn't translate to sales, as it is being reported that only 5,000 units have been sold.
After months of delays and a major data privacy incident, the Essential PH-1 is finally arriving for those who ordered. The handset is available to purchase and is priced at $699.
The journey has been a long and bumpy one for Essential, a company that is now valued at over $1 billion. It finally announced the start of shipments, but some in the community remain skeptical.
After months of delays, the Essential PH-1 is finally shipping to customers who pre-ordered the device. If you were among them, you should get an email with tracking info when it's on its way.
Essential's PH-1 was announced in May and after a long delay is finally going to make its way into the hands of eager customers. Amazon has now posted the handset, making it available on September 1.
Andy Rubin's Essential is now valued at over a billion dollars thanks to a new investment. Although the firm has yet to ship its handset, it is expected to announce more information on August 25.
After a long delay, it appears that Essential could finally be preparing to launch the PH-1. The firm has been sending out invites to a First Look event that will take place on August 25.
It looks like the delayed handset from Andy Rubin's Essential startup is finally coming a bit closer to launch. The PH-1 was spotted on Best Buy's site, who will offer the Sprint and unlocked variant.
It has only been a few months since Essential burst onto the scene teasing a new Android smartphone. Today, it has yet to ship its first device and has now apparently lost one of its top executives.