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Essential was founded in 2015 by Andy Rubin, the co-founder of Android. They released their first smartphone, the Essential Phone, in May of 2017. Visit the Essential forums.

Carl Pei’s new hardware venture Nothing now owns Essential

OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei's new hardware venture — Nothing — now owns Andy Rubin's Essential. The company recently raised $15 million in a Series A funding round led by GV, the venture capital arm of Alphabet Inc., and is currently working on a pair of wireless headphones that will hit the market later this year. Although...

[Update: 4 New Devices] Paranoid Android Quartz 4 brings new features, adds support for Mi A2, Redmi K20, and more

The team behind the popular Paranoid Android custom ROM released the first stable Android 10-based build earlier this year in April. Since then, the team has rolled out two more stable releases with new features and support for more popular devices. With the Quartz 3 release last month, the team added support for a couple...

[Update: Now available for more devices] Paranoid Android Quartz 3 adds Android 10 builds for 8 Xiaomi devices and will soon add 8 more

Earlier this year in April, the team behind the popular Paranoid Android custom ROM released Paranoid Android Quartz 1 — the first stable Android 10-based build of the ROM. At first, the ROM was released for a handful of devices and it included a ton of new features, like screen stabilization, a built-in screen recorder,...

LineageOS 17.1 adds support for new OnePlus, Samsung, Xiaomi, and other devices following server hack

LineageOS is the most popular AOSP-based custom ROM out there. Its origin can be traced back to CyanogenMod, which was itself not only the most well-known custom ROM many years ago but also the reason the OnePlus One was so well-received by the community. Over the years, the team behind LineageOS has kept the project...

CarbonROM releases its Android 10 custom ROM for 13 Google, Xiaomi, and OnePlus devices

In a blogpost, the CarbonROM team has announced the release of first official Android 10 based builds for Xiaomi, OnePlus, Essential and Nexus devices. The new CarbonROM revision 8.0 is codenamed PAX, after the Latin word for peace. This new release not only bumps up the Android version officially, but it also brings along the...

Paranoid Android Quartz 2 brings 4 new features and adds support for the OnePlus 5/5T and OnePlus 7T Pro

Earlier this month, the team behind the popular Paranoid Android custom ROM released Paranoid Android Quartz 1 — the first stable Android 10-based build of the ROM — for a handful of devices. While there have been several unofficial Paranoid Android builds floating around on our forums, Paranoid Android Quartz 1 was the first stable...

Paranoid Android releases Android 10 custom ROMs for some ASUS, OnePlus, and Xiaomi phones

LineageOS may be the most popular custom ROM out there, but that doesn't mean there aren't also other popular aftermarket builds. Custom ROMs like Pixel Experience, OmniROM, Resurrection Remix, and Paranoid Android also have a large number of fans. Each of these custom ROMs offer their own take on what the Android experience should be...

Scrapped Essential Phone 2 and 3 get shown off by a former Essential designer

Essential jumped onto the smartphone scene in 2017 with the Essential Phone PH-1, riding on the reputation of its founder, Andy Rubin, better known for co-founding Android. The company got to release only one smartphone, before it was unceremoniously shut down in February 2020. This came as a surprise to a fair few people, as the...

[Updated] Essential Phone gets support for the Android 11 Developer Preview GSI

Earlier this month, Essential dropped the news that they were shutting down. The company would no longer continue working on its second smartphone, the Project GEM device. More importantly for customers, Essential stated they would no longer provide software support for its first and only smartphone, the Essential Phone. That meant the device, which initially...

Essential shuts down: No more PH-1 updates, No GEM phone

Started by former Android co-founder Andy Rubin, Essential burst onto the scene back in 2017 with the Essential PH-1. The company has never released a follow-up to that phone, but it has continued to offer exceptional software support with monthly security patches and major Android OS upgrades right after Google. It turns out that's where...

December 2019 security patches roll out with Pixel Themes, gesture navigation in 3rd-party launchers, & more

Today is the first Monday of December, which means Google is rolling out its monthly Android security patches. These monthly updates are pretty random in what features are included. Some months there's nothing of note, while other months include some important things. December has brought a treasure trove of features to the Pixel family. Typically, Google...

November 2019 security patches roll out for the Pixel 2, 3, 4, and Essential Phone

As we kick off the first full week in November, Google is rolling out a new batch of Android security updates. This month is notable because it marks the end of monthly updates for the original Google Pixel and Pixel XL (RIP). We've still got patches for the Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, Pixel 3,...