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Oppo's F9 has a tiny notch, first phone to use Gorilla Glass 6

<b>Why it matters:</b> Love it or hate it—and let’s face it, most people seem to hate it—the Android notch is here stay. Everyone from LG to Google to …

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The last time HTC’s revenue was this low was before Android’s creation

• HTC revenue just dropped to the lowest it’s been since 2003.<br>• Profits for the company are still up, but that’s mostly due to Google’s acquisition of HTC staff.<br>• If things continue on this trend, HTC as we know it could be in big trouble.<p>HTC posted its quarterly earnings report for Q2 2018 and — …

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The Essential Phone is being upgraded to Android 9 Pie on the same day as Google’s Pixels

A struggling company is doing better at Android updates than tech’s giants<p>The Essential Phone is getting Android 9.0 Pie on day one — just like Google’s own Pixel smartphones. Essential is rolling out the major OS update today. The company has routinely been releasing the last few Android 9 betas …

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Android 9 Pie is already rolling out to the Essential Phone

Android 9 Pie just went official and Google started to rollout the update to its Pixel devices. Right behind Google, though, is Andy Rubin’s Essential, which is already pushing out a final version of Pie for the PH-1.<p>Essential has been nipping at Google’s heels when it comes to updates for the past …

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[Deal] Get the 360-Degree 4K Camera Module for the Essential Phone for just $19

In the midst of Amazon Prime Day, Essential decided to run what could only be called a fire sale on its Essential Phone, or PH-1 if you prefer, by …

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Essential discounts its 360 Camera to $19, a day after its phone was half-off

At $250, the Essential Phone was arguably the best deal of Amazon Prime Day. Which is saying a lot. But no matter how you slice it, 50 percent off an Android flagship is a pretty tough deal to beat. I know of at least one TechCruncher who couldn’t resist the lure of that kind of discount.<p>Now that …

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The Essential Phone is now a ridiculously low $249.99 on Amazon Prime Day US | Trusted Reviews

<b>When the Essential Phone (PH-1) arrived less than a year ago, it cost $699.99 unlocked. On Amazon Prime Day, that’s down to just $249.99.</b><p>That’s a 50% …

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Trailer: a new film on Silicon Valley’s most important failure

Even if you follow the doings of Apple, Amazon, and Google, you’ve probably never heard of General Magic. But it just might be one of the most important tech companies in the history of Silicon Valley. Why? General Magic was trying to create a smart handheld device that looks just like a modern …

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SubPac Vibrating Packs Deliver A Transformative Experience For Bass Players

SUBPAC is a transformative audio technology that converts sound into high fidelity vibrations you can feel.<p>SUBPAC is sound you can Feel. A …

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Essential's second smartphone module adds a headphone jack

Despite rumors it's up for sale, Essential is still operating as if everything is just fine. After releasing a new beta for Android P, the company has just launched its second modular accessory. The Audio Adapter HD packs a pre-amp and an ESS Sabre DAC that can handle high-resolution MQA (master …

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Essential Phone now publicly on Android P beta track

After running a flash-only developer preview of Android P for its first and only smartphone, Essential has now moved onto a public beta process for …

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Essential rolls out Android P Beta, despite sale rumors

<i>Bloomberg</i> recently reported that Andy Rubin's Essential is in a big enough trouble that the Android founder is considering giving it up for sale. The company didn't confirm if there's truth to that, but it doesn't look like it's letting any issue it's dealing with affect its software updates: …

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Essential Phone Gets Android P Beta 1

Google just announced their second beta of Android P and now Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone has received the previous Android P Beta 1 update.<p>The new …

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Essential assures users it will continue pushing software updates

Essential confirmed in a tweet that it will continue to support the Essential Phone phone despite rumours that founder Andy Rubin is looking to sell …

Essential Phone will get standard 3-year software update schedule

Essential has confirmed that it will continue to support the Essential PH-1 for two years after its launch with operating system updates and another …

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Essential Throws in the Towel, Abandons the Smartphone Business

Launched in the fall of 2017, the Essential Phone was positioned to make a splash in the flagship smartphone market. It featured a premium ceramic …

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Essential founder Andy Rubin clarifies that he is not selling the company but is looking for more investors: Report

Android creator Andy Rubin in a clarification has reportedly said that it is looking for more investors to raise money but it is not shutting down …

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Andy Rubin's startup Essential reportedly cancels next phone, explores possible sale

Essential Products Inc., a startup created by Google Inc.’s Android operating system creator Andy Rubin (pictured), is reported to have canceled its …

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This Week In Mobile: Essential Cancels Phone, HMD Raises $100M, Vivo Apex, Apple Bendgate, Fleksy

The phone company founded by Android creator Andy Rubin Essential has canceled its second flagship phone (PH-2) and is looking to sell itself. The …

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Lord High Commander of Cameras [#acpodcast]

Daniel Bader, Andrew Martonik, and Russell Holly host the backdoor pilot for AC Foodcast as they talk about the GDPR Hall of Shame, OnePlus 6, and …

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Essential is reportedly selling itself

After barely a year in business and the release of a single phone, Essential is up for sale, reports Bloomberg.<p>The Palo Alto-based hardware startup was founded by Android creator Andy Rubin and raised $300 million in funding. It is said to be looking for buyers, following poor sales of its PH-1 …

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Bloomberg: ‘Andy Rubin Puts Essential Up for Sale, Cancels Next Phone’

Mark Gurman and Alex Barinka, reporting for Bloomberg:<p>Essential Products Inc., a startup co-founded by Android creator Andy Rubin that launched last …

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Andy Rubin’s done, and don’t expect an Essential Phone 2

If you ever need to know what not to do when launching a new flagship phone or phone manufacturer, simply look to Andy Rubin and his company, …

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Essential Phone 2 reportedly canceled, Andy Rubin considering selling the company [Update]

Updated 6:51 PM — Following <i>Bloomberg</i>'s report, Andy Rubin has since taken to Twitter with the following message: "We always have multiple products in …

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Essential Phone 2 reportedly canceled, Android founder may sell company

The Essential Phone was a promising flop that had us excited for the sequel. But Bloomberg is now reporting that plans for the Essential Phone 2 have been scrapped, and the entire company may be up for sale.<p>According to Bloomberg, Essential has spent over $100 million developing its first set of …

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Andy Rubin’s Essential is reportedly up for sale and has cancelled work on its next smartphone

Essential, the smartphone company helmed by Android co-creator Andy Rubin, is trying to sell itself and has cancelled development of its next phone, Bloomberg reports.<p>The report states that Essential has hired Credit Suisse Group AG to advise them on potentially selling itself. The company raised …

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Android Creator Puts Essential Up for Sale, Cancels Next Phone

Essential Products Inc., a startup co-founded by Android creator Andy Rubin that launched last year to great fanfare, is considering selling itself …

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Andy Rubin's Essential problem

How hard is it to crack into the smartphone market? Even the father of Android can't seem to do it.<p><b>The bottom line</b>: Rubin's plan was to start with a …

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Andy Rubin’s Essential explanation is hardly reassuring

With the fate of Essential uncertain and the Essential Phone 2 reportedly dead, company founder Andy Rubin has spoken out on the speculation he’s …

Essential Phone 2: Did Android founder Andy Rubin just cancel his next phone?

Andy Rubin appears to confirm that the next phone has been canceled, amid reports that Essential is up for sale.<p><i>Video: Andy Rubin's Essential Phone:</i> …

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