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[Update: More details from internal email] Essential reportedly cancels second phone, puts itself up for sale

Friday, May 25th, 2018

According to Bloomberg, Essential, an up-and-coming phone manufacturer, is reportedly calling it quits, canceling its second phone and putting out a "For Sale" sign.

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[Update: More details from internal email] Essential reportedly cancels second phone, puts itself up for sale was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Essential reportedly cancels second phone, puts itself up for sale

Thursday, May 24th, 2018

According to Bloomberg, Essential, an up-and-coming phone manufacturer, is reportedly calling it quits, canceling its second phone and putting out a "For Sale" sign. The company, founded by Android's creator Andy Rubin, has supposedly hired an outside firm to advise it on a potential sale, with one suitor allegedly showing interest.

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Essential reportedly cancels second phone, puts itself up for sale was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

The OnePlus 6 is the best Android phone with a notched screen yet

Thursday, May 17th, 2018

OnePlus is a company that, historically, hasn’t been known for adventurous smartphone designs. And while much of the OnePlus 6 merely iterates on the same rather staid, minimal hardware language, there is one part that stands out: this is the first Android phone with a screen notch I haven’t felt repulsed by.

Now, I don’t mind screen notches, in theory. The iPhone X manages to incorporate one well, particularly owing to the fact that the rest of the screen bezel around the phone is equally thin.

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The OnePlus 6 is the best Android phone with a notched screen yet was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

The OnePlus 6 is the best Android phone with a notched screen yet

Thursday, May 17th, 2018

OnePlus is a company that, historically, hasn’t been known for adventurous smartphone designs. And while much of the OnePlus 6 merely iterates on the same rather staid, minimal hardware language, there is one part that stands out: this is the first Android phone with a screen notch I haven’t felt repulsed by.

Now, I don’t mind screen notches, in theory. The iPhone X manages to incorporate one well, particularly owing to the fact that the rest of the screen bezel around the phone is equally thin.

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The OnePlus 6 is the best Android phone with a notched screen yet was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google’s Android P beta is coming to nearly a dozen different smartphones

Tuesday, May 8th, 2018

In an unprecedented move for Google, Android P's latest beta will be available on eleven devices. The registration just went live not too long ago, but it's not limited to just the Pixels this time. No, dear reader, Google is offering the beta to devices from other manufacturers.

The list of supported phones is as follows: Google Pixel/XL, Google Pixel 2/XL, OnePlus 6, Essential PH-1, Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S, Sony Xperia XZ2, Nokia 7 Plus, Oppo R15 Pro, and Vivo X21/UD.

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Google's Android P beta is coming to nearly a dozen different smartphones was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Essential now direct selling to Canada, UK, France, Germany, and Japan

Saturday, April 28th, 2018

The Essential Phone and 360 Camera are in demand around the world — according to Essential. So the company is responding by selling its phone and accessories directly to consumers in Canada, the UK, France, Germany, and Japan. If you live in one of those five countries, it's time to get mildly excited.

Consumers in those newly added countries can now go to Essential.com to start an order, though the company notes there are some special terms and conditions in tow.

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Essential now direct selling to Canada, UK, France, Germany, and Japan was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Deal Alert] Essential Phone down to $399 ($100 off) from Amazon and Best Buy

Monday, April 16th, 2018

The Essential Phone's initial $700 price obviously wasn't very enticing, as the phone has since fallen to as low as $399 with a free 360 Camera attachment. Today's $399 deal from Amazon and Best Buy doesn't include the 360-degree camera, but let's be honest; you were never going to use that after the first day of ownership anyway.

For your $399.99, you get a phone with a nearly bezel-less front and a notch, a ceramic back, a 5.7" 1440p LCD, a Snapdragon 835, 4GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, dual cameras, and a 3,040mAh battery.

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[Deal Alert] Essential Phone down to $399 ($100 off) from Amazon and Best Buy was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Sprint too] Essential rolls out new Oreo 8.1 build with Bluetooth 5.0, April patches, and more

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

Essential didn't find much success selling a $700 smartphone, but it's doing better selling that same phone for $500 or less. The Essential Phone has improved with software updates, and it's currently running Android 8.1 Oreo. The company isn't taking too much time to pat itself on the back after getting Oreo out the door.

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[Update: Sprint too] Essential rolls out new Oreo 8.1 build with Bluetooth 5.0, April patches, and more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Opinion: Essential could learn a lot from OnePlus – specifically, its mistakes

Monday, April 9th, 2018

Since Essential launched the PH-1 last year, the phone has gained a cult following. Although the phone isn't without its faults, there aren't many other choices for a Snapdragon 835 below $500, and many people took advantage of last fall's Sprint and Amazon sales that saw the price even lower, under $400. Essential even pioneered the "notch," which (like it or hate it) is only just now coming into vogue. The company and its products aren't perfect by any means, but one might even call Essential disruptive.

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Opinion: Essential could learn a lot from OnePlus - specifically, its mistakes was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Essential’s recent update lets full screen apps and games use the whole display, including notch area

Sunday, April 8th, 2018

There are really just two ways to handle a "notch" display cutout in software. Either you have content stop before it would be cut off by it, or you allow it to go all the way to the display's true edge and suffer the loss of visibility.

Everyone has an opinion about which is better, but Essential just made it so we can all have our way. The Oreo 8.1 (build 141) update includes a new "Essential notch settings" that allows for per-app and global notch customization.

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Essential's recent update lets full screen apps and games use the whole display, including notch area was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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