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Essential starts hiring software engineers in India

While Andy Rubin's Essential no longer sells its only smartphone, the company has reportedly been working on a new mobile device. The device was first teased back in December last year when the company confirmed that they were "hard at work on [their] next mobile product". Then, late last month we received confirmation from a...

Essential Phone 2 may still happen, Essential reportedly making an AI phone

The reports of Essential's death may have been greatly exaggerated. According to a report from Bloomberg, the Essential Phone 2 is coming and it could be a big departure from the Essential PH-1. The new device will be heavily focused on AI features that will "try to mimic the user and automatically respond to messages on...

Essential Phone Camera Updated with Portrait Mode and More

Essential Products ran into a few organizational setbacks following the launch of its first product, the Essential Phone, but fared better than might have been expected. Reviews for the $700 Essential Phone praised its titanium unibody, magnetic accessory system, and nearly bone-stock, bloat-free flavor of Android. But there was consistent criticism of the camera, which many...

Essential Phone Receiving OTA That Fixes KRACK Vulnerability and Adds Fingerprint Gestures

Andy Rubin's Essential Phone announcement received a ton of hype it's easy to understand why. The man behind the company is considered "the father of Android", so many looked forward to experiencing his vision of a perfect (or essential) Android phone and ecosystem. As it turns out, the new startup has come across a number of...

How to Force Apps to Fill the Screen on the Essential Phone

When Andy Rubin first unveiled the Essential Phone, many were amazed by the bezel-less design the company was able to come up with. One feature that stuck out though (literally) was the camera and sensor cutout at the very top of the display. Other OEMs such as Sharp and Xiaomi decided to embed the camera...

Summary of Essential’s Reddit AMA: Android Oreo Coming Soon, White Model, Verizon Support, and More

After multiple delays of the Essential Phone, the company was finally able to start shipping their smartphone to those who had pre-ordered. To celebrate the device being made available on Sprint, the team decided to host an AMA (ask me anything) over on Reddit. We've combed through the most popular questions that were answered and...

Andy Rubin Apologizes for Customer Service Issues, Offers Affected Customers a Free Phone and More

Essential Products hasn't had the best product launch when it comes to their very first smartphone. The company had to delay the release multiple times but was finally able to get things squared away and began shipping out devices. However, just yesterday the company made a mistake when they were trying to verify the identity...

Essential Phone is Now Available in the United States

Delay after delay, the Essential Phone from Essential Products has had a rocky lead up to its official release date. Andy Rubin announced the device and it was immediately picked up by a number of headlines. This isn't surprising either as the device comes from one of the people who created the Android mobile operating...

Essential Products Receives $300 Million in Funding from Amazon and Tencent

When Andy Rubin left Google, he wasn't sure about what to do next. The man ended up founding an incubator called Playground Global back in 2015 which received investments from the likes of Google, HP, Foxconn, Redpoint Ventures, Seagate Technology and others. During his time there, he worked on various pieces of technology and then started work...

Andy Rubin Talks About the Essential Phone, Essential Home and the Future of the Company

Most Android enthusiasts know who Andy Rubin is and his major achievements throughout his life. This is mainly because he and a team of people created the Android platform, but also because he worked in Google's X division, started his own incubator and recently started his own technology product company. Essential made headlines last month...

Essential will (Essentially) Support all 4 Major U.S. Carriers, will ship with New Virtual Assistant in June

Yesterday was a big day for Andy Rubin and his team over at Essential Products. The company announced a new smartphone called the Essential Phone, a new virtual assistant for the home called Essential Home, and even a new operating system that is being used in Essential Home. We talked about these big announcements as...

Essential Home is Andy Rubin’s Answer to the Google Home and Amazon Echo

The Essential Phone has dominated our morning as it quickly became the new talk of the town. The co-founder of Android launching a flagship smartphone certainly got people interested for many reasons. But the Essential Phone isn't all that Essential Products revealed today. Essential Home is another product that was announced today by Essential Products. Essential...