Andy Rubin

The Inventor of Android On the Future of Smartphones and Beyond

When Andy Rubin sold his startup Android to Google in 2005, the tech landscape looked vastly different. Our phones had clunky keypads, barely …

Internet of Things

Android Oreo is Coming to the Essential Phone by Year’s End

The launch of Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone has been anything but smooth, with several issues plaguing the company since its May debut. Following …

Android Oreo

You can now use your Essential Phone on Verizon

The Essential Phone was originally planned to work on all four major US carriers, but like pretty much everything that has to do with Verizon, there …

Essential Phone

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 …

Essential Phone

This Android app lets you ’embrace the notch’ from the iPhone X on your phone

While Andy Rubin’s startup Essential took a lot of heat for its front-facing camera cutout, Apple is seeing quite a lot of backlash surrounding the much larger cutout on the iPhone X. Now, thanks to the work of a developer, Android users can “embrace the notch.”<p>The “notch” on the iPhone X houses …

Technology

Apple Needs the iPhone X More Than You Do

On September 12, Apple CEO Tim Cook took the stage at the company's just-unveiled Steve Jobs Theater inside its lavish new 175-acre headquarters in …

Augmented Reality

Essential Phone Can Now Be Used for Verizon

Earlier this year, Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone made its way to the market, but it was plagued with its own set of issues, including the issue with …

Gear & Gadgets

The Essential Phone now works on Verizon’s network

Andy Rubin took to Twitter to announce that the Essential Phone’s Verizon certification has finally been completed.<p>Just two days ago, Andy Rubin and the Essential team held an AMA on <i>Reddit</i> to answer some of the most pressing questions out there, ranging from its underwhelming camera performance to …

Technology

Essential Phone is now fully compatible with Verizon networks

Those of you who read about the Essential team's AMA on reddit yesterday probably saw that Essential was working on Verizon certification for the …

Essential Phone

Can Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone Take On The Smartphone Giants?

The creator of Android wants to unleash innovation in a market dominated by Apple, Google, and Samsung. It won’t be easy.<p>According to Andy Rubin, the modern mobile ecosystem is broken. He should know: He helped break it.<p>When Rubin, the inventor of the Android operating system and godfather of the …

Innovation

Essential Phone vs Google Pixel XL: How does the first flagship from the father of Android compare to Google’s?

When it comes to smartphone software, I think I speak for a lot of people when I say that stock Android, or at least as close OEMs can get to it as possible, is ideal. Unfortunately, there just aren’t many phones packing stock Android. However, Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone is making waves by …

Gear & Gadgets

Andy Rubin answers burning Essential Phone questions: updates, jacks, expansions and more

Tech enthusiasts love transparent companies and outspoken CEOs who don’t shy away from controversies and uncomfortable questions, personally …

Essential Phone

Essential's Rubin coy on mysterious Plan to Take Over the Universe

With Apple playing catchup to Samsung, the big phone story of the year belongs to Essential. And the big story with Essential isn't really the …

Essential Phone is getting a ‘high-end’ audio accessory with a headphone jack

While plenty of smartphone features have been sunsetted on the way to thinner profiles and sexier bezels, none have garnered the ire of consumers quite as much as the removal of the aged and distinguished 3.5mm headphone jacks.<p>The iPhone was first to axe the port, and while Andy Rubin’s Essential …

Headphones

Essential team takes to Reddit AMA, promises Oreo update and Verizon certification

Andy Rubin hosted a Reddit AMA, and answered some burning questions the community had.<p>After a few delays, the Essential Phone was finally released …

Essential Phone

Andy Rubin AMA: Oreo coming soon as more features planned for Essential Phone, updates on Europe, Verizon, accessories

Earlier today, Andy Rubin and several executives from Essential hosted an AMA on Reddit to primarily discuss the Essential Phone. Notable highlights from the session include when the Android Oreo update is coming, as well as when the phone will be supported on Verizon, as well as European …

Mobile Technology

Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone Gets September Security Patch

Essential have released a software update for their Essential Phone. The update is a minor one and is around 175MB in size.<p>Included in the software …

Essential Phone

Essential Phone arrives at Sprint today

The Essential Phone has been long-awaited, not just because it was developed by Andy Rubin (co-founder of Android), but also because it's a pretty …

Phones

Premium smartphones are getting more expensive, and iPhone X is not solely to blame

Apple’s anniversary special smartphone iPhone X costs Rs 89,000. The exuberant price, incidentally, has grabbed more attention than the product …

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Essential Phone goes on sale in Sprint stores September 14th

Sprint stores opened up preorders for the Essential PH-1 last month. Given it's the exclusive carrier for the smartphone, Sprint is the only choice for those opting for contract deals instead of paying full price for an unlocked device. If you didn't buy early, don't worry: You can purchase the …

Essential Phone

Essential Phone update adds September security patch, improves performance

The Essential Phone is getting another update. The latest update from Andy Rubin’s new company brings the build number to <b>NMI64C</b> and includes the September security update. We’ve seen several updates from Essential since it started shipping phones last month, bringing camera improvements, squashed …

Essential Phone

Impressive Essential PH-1 not essential yet — but could be in the future

Is your cellphone essential? Andy Rubin thinks his is.<p>Rubin, for those not in the know, was one of the founders of Android Inc., and went on to serve …

Canadian News

As iPhone 8 Launches, Could Essential Phone Become Its Big Rival?

Android co-founder Andy Rubin wants to challenge Apple with his new phone.<p>The Apple iPhone 8 launches Tuesday, 10 years after Steve Jobs first took …

Phones

Qualcomm posts a list of innovations and inventions that Apple is likely to copy with iPhone 8 and iPhone X

Semiconductor and telecommunications equipment company Qualcomm posted a list of innovations and inventions that the company has implemented in …

Qualcomm Snapdragon

Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone Gets Drop Tested (Video)

The new Essential Phone from Android founder Andy Rubin launched recently, we recently saw a teardown of the handset and now there is a drop test …

Essential Phone

Phones for the fall

Mobile Technology

First $1,000 iPhone will test Apple fan loyalty

Apple will this week test its customers’ loyalty, buying power and enthusiasm for innovation when it unveils the first iPhone to cost as much as …

Loyalty

Samsung Patents iPhone 8-like Sensor Notch Design

These days, it seems like just about every high-end smartphone-maker is offering an ultra-premium model boasting an edge-to-edge display, meaning …

Samsung

Essential Phone PH-1 review

We deserve more than this unfinished phone<p><b>The Good</b> The stunning Essential Phone PH-1 feels brilliant in the hand and it’s one of the fastest phones we’ve tested. There's no bloatware or unsightly logos, and its premium materials survived a six-foot drop. Compatible with all major US carriers.<p><b>The …

Technology

We destroyed the Essential Phone

Drop test: What does it take to break Andy Rubin's titanium-clad phone?

Essential Phone