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Essential decides a third of its staff isn’t

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

Essential may be at work on making an AI-focused alternative smartphone that operates mainly on voice commands, but it'll have to do so with a significantly reduced staff. Essential has confirmed that it is laying off a large number of staff, which Bloomberg reports amounts to roughly 30 percent of the workforce — mainly in the hardware and sales division.

In a statement to Bloomberg the company stated:

This has been a difficult decision to make.

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Essential decides a third of its staff isn't was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Essential is reportedly working on an AI phone that operates through voice commands

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

While Essential's first device has a cult following among those who prioritize quick Android updates, it became clear in May that it would never see a follow-up. A report from Bloomberg revealed that the company had canceled a second Essential Phone and put itself up for sale. However, over the past several months, the company has quietly chugged along, continuing to push out lightning-fast security patches. Now, a new report from Bloomberg states that the company is indeed working on a second device — but it's not at all like its first product.

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Essential is reportedly working on an AI phone that operates through voice commands was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Essential Phone re-review: Good software isn’t good enough for most of us

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018

When it was first released, Essential's entry into the phone market was a bit of a flop. Reviews for the PH-1 weren't profoundly negative, but the phone's almost $700 price was humorously high considering its features and problems at the time. A bit over a year later, many of its early issues have been fixed or improved, the phone is one of just a handful to be updated to Android 9 Pie, and it's dropped down as cheap as $250 for Amazon Prime Day — though it's closer to $330 now.

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Essential Phone re-review: Good software isn't good enough for most of us was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Essential pushes October security update, brings back notch support

Monday, October 1st, 2018

In a move that will surprise few at this point, Essential pushed out the latest Android 9 Pie release with October security patches within minutes of Google. Perhaps more exciting is the fact that with this update, the company is bringing back notch support.

The settings for customizing how each app uses the status bar/notch area disappeared after the transfer from Android 8.1 to 9.0, when Google introduced new notch logic.

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Essential pushes October security update, brings back notch support was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

TWRP support now available for Essential PH-1, Nokia 8, and HTC U11 EYEs

Tuesday, September 11th, 2018

Even stock Android isn't perfect. While the lack of a heavy-handed skin is welcome, many users will find shortcomings (whether personal or widely acknowledged by the user base at large), that they'd like to tweak. Those users will be glad to know that the one and likely only Essential PH-1, one of the few stock devices on the market, is now supported by TWRP.

TWRP is the most popular custom recovery, providing a handy tool for installing custom software on your device, from rooting to replacing the firmware of a device with a full custom ROM.

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TWRP support now available for Essential PH-1, Nokia 8, and HTC U11 EYEs was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

TWRP support now available for Essential PH-1, Nokia 8, and HTC U11 EYEs

Tuesday, September 11th, 2018

Even stock Android isn't perfect. While the lack of a heavy-handed skin is welcome, many users will find shortcomings (whether personal or widely acknowledged by the user base at large), that they'd like to tweak. Those users will be glad to know that the one and likely only Essential PH-1, one of the few stock devices on the market, is now supported by TWRP.

TWRP is the most popular custom recovery, providing a handy tool for installing custom software on your device, from rooting to replacing the firmware of a device with a full custom ROM.

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TWRP support now available for Essential PH-1, Nokia 8, and HTC U11 EYEs was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Essential Phone gets September security update immediately following Google’s release

Tuesday, September 4th, 2018

Even though a May report suggested that Essential has canned its second-generation phone (an assertion the company didn't fully contradict), the first Essential Phone remains a cult favorite. In large part, that's because the company pushes out Android updates in near tandem with Google — and that was no exception with the September 2018 Android Pie update released today. Within minutes of it surfacing, Essential tweeted that customers could update to grab the bundle of patches, including Bluetooth audio and accessibility fixes, by simply heading to their settings and checking for the update.

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Essential Phone gets September security update immediately following Google's release was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Essential Phone finally gets support for YouTube zoom-to-fill

Wednesday, August 29th, 2018

Now that almost every major smartphone has a display with a ratio around 18:9, regular old 16:9 videos aren't looking too hot with their black bars. To combat this, YouTube added a helpful zoom-to-fill feature to its Android app, but that functionality only works on select, more mainstream devices. After months of waiting, Essential Phone owners are finally seeing it on their phones.

In case you're not familiar with the feature by chance, zoom-to-fill basically crops a bit off the tops and bottoms of 16:9 videos to eliminate black bars on phones with taller aspect ratios.

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Essential Phone finally gets support for YouTube zoom-to-fill was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Deal Alert] Essential Phone in Halo Gray down to $280 ($220 off) on Amazon

Sunday, August 19th, 2018

Aside from its incredible build and lightning-quick updates, I'd argue that the most interesting thing about the Essential Phone is how low its price dropped in such a short time; this once-$700 phone hit an all-time low of just $249.99 on Amazon last month for Prime Day. Today's deal on the Halo Gray Essential Phone can't quite beat that, but at $279.99, it comes close.

The Essential Phone comes with a 5.7" 1440p LCD, a Snapdragon 835, 4GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, dual 13MP rear cameras, an 8MP selfie-shooter, and a 3,040mAh battery.

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[Deal Alert] Essential Phone in Halo Gray down to $280 ($220 off) on Amazon was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Essential Phone’s Android 9 Pie update is rolling out, minutes after Google’s announcement

Monday, August 6th, 2018

Mere minutes after Google announced the Android 9.0 Pie name and official launch, Essential has tweeted that its own Pie update is rolling out to the PH-1 right now. Somehow, in spite of the serious financial problems the company is facing, it's still killing it in terms of updates.

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Essential Phone's Android 9 Pie update is rolling out, minutes after Google's announcement was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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