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Essential adds opt-in OTA option for beta builds

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

Essential Phone owners can now opt-in to receive beta builds via an OTA, versus having to sideload the firmware. For some, this is a godsend since it eliminates the somewhat difficult process of sideloading in order to test the latest (in this case Oreo) goodness. User nobeconobe posted this in the Essential subreddit, so kudos to that person.

The process of signing up is quite simple. All you have to do is head over to Essential's site, select the Over-the-Air option, and fill in your information (the most important bit being your phone's serial number).

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Essential adds opt-in OTA option for beta builds was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

‘Halo Gray’ Essential Phone now available for pre-order, includes Alexa and costs $450

Friday, February 16th, 2018

Just yesterday, Essential announced three new colors for its flagship phone - Ocean Depths, Stellar Gray, and Copper Black. While the colors are appealing, the $599 price tag definitely isn't, especially when the first model has been as low as $300. Today, Essential announced another new color, with Alexa built-in.

The new 'Halo Gray' color is now available for pre-order, with a shipping date of February 21. Unlike the other colors, it's an Amazon exclusive, and Essential says it is "the first Essential Phone to come with Alexa built-in." Presumably, this is similar to the Alexa integration that the Huawei Mate 9 has.

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'Halo Gray' Essential Phone now available for pre-order, includes Alexa and costs $450 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Essential Phone announced in three new colors — Ocean Depths, Stellar Gray, and Copper Black — for $100 extra

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

The day before yesterday, we received word by way of a Twitter teaser that Essential was finally planning to release its hotly-anticipated Ocean Depths color. It turns out that Andy Rubin and friends actually had even more in store, with a Stellar Gray and a never-before-seen Copper Black also coming onto the scene. Unfortunately, these will cost $599 apiece — a full $100 over the price of a Moon Black or Pure White unit, and significantly more than the going rate.

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Essential Phone announced in three new colors — Ocean Depths, Stellar Gray, and Copper Black — for $100 extra was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

The first Android 8.1 beta is rolling out to the Essential Phone

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

Essential launched its first phone last year with Nougat, but it promised a quick update to Oreo. Well, sort of quick. We're still waiting for the final update, and the company recently decided to skip 8.0 altogether. Sure enough, the first Android 8.1 beta is rolling out as an OTA.

Since this is the first 8.1 build, there are a few minor system feature changes, as well as new fixes from Essential.

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The first Android 8.1 beta is rolling out to the Essential Phone was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Essential’s stunning ‘Ocean Depths’ color for the PH-1 is coming on February 15th

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

The Essential PH-1 is easily one of the most beautiful smartphones on the market, with its almost-nonexistent bezels and ceramic back. Back in October, the company released a 'Pure White' version of the PH-1 that looked fantastic, but white isn't really a very special color. If you want special, you'll have to look to the Ocean Depths color, which Essential is now teasing a launch date of February 15th for.

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Essential's stunning 'Ocean Depths' color for the PH-1 is coming on February 15th was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Essential Phone camera update adds autoHDR mode and improves performance

Thursday, February 8th, 2018

The Essential Phone has the hardware to compete with phones that cost much more than its revised $500 price, but specs aren't everything. Case in point: the camera. The Essential Phone has a pair of 13MP camera sensors, but the performance was poor. Essential has been working to improve it with updates, and the latest one claims to address HDR. There's finally an autoHDR mode and a new HDR algorithm.

Here's the changelog for Essential Camera v0.1.096.003.

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Essential Phone camera update adds autoHDR mode and improves performance was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Essential announces plans to skip 8.0 Oreo release in favor of 8.1, citing stability concerns

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

Essential—the phone company led by Android co-founder Andy Rubin—has had some difficulty in getting a stable 8.0 Oreo update released. After three beta releases, the company is not quite satisfied that the update is ready for general release. Because of these protracted issues, Essential has announced plans to skip the 8.0 release entirely in favor of 8.1, which will "push the public release back a couple weeks," according to the company.

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Essential announces plans to skip 8.0 Oreo release in favor of 8.1, citing stability concerns was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Essential USB-C Earphones HD review: Earbuds that ditch the dongle, but add cost and compromise

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

The headphone jack is dead, or so we're told by OEMs, but the selection of wired USB Type-C headphones is still woefully inadequate. If you aren't interested in all the problems associated with Bluetooth audio, you're pretty much forced into the donglelife. But Essential just launched two new pairs of USB Type-C powered headphones, including the Earphones HD. Although the HDs aren't bad, for $100 it's tough to recommend them unless you absolutely can't use a dongle. 

Initially, we planned on reviewing both of Essential's new headphones: the Earphones Mini and Earphones HD.

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Essential USB-C Earphones HD review: Earbuds that ditch the dongle, but add cost and compromise was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Essential Phone Oreo Beta 3 now available for download

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

It's been almost a month since Essential rolled out the second Oreo beta for its phone. If you were hoping for a final release, that's not happening yet. Essential has, however, released a third Oreo beta for the Essential Phone. It includes new security patches and minor fixes.

The new version (build OPM1.170911.254) is a 1GB download if you grab it from the Essential site. A smaller OTA appears to be rolling out to devices running Beta 2 already.

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Essential Phone Oreo Beta 3 now available for download was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Essential has some new accessories available, including USB-C earbuds and a fast charger

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

To say it's been a bumpy ride for Essential would be an understatement. After the initial hype surrounding the company's first phone died down, reviews were lukewarm and strong sales failed to materialize. Considerable price drops have followed, and there's also been controversy surrounding founder Andy Rubin and alleged inappropriate behavior. That said, there are some positives for owners of the device, with Essential quick to deliver updates and make improvements.

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Essential has some new accessories available, including USB-C earbuds and a fast charger was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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