Essential Phone

The state of the smartphone, iPhone X edition

10 years ago, Apple's first iPhone changed the world. It proved that an always-on, always-connected pocket computer wasn't just for nerds.<p>Now smartphones are just "phones," and it's sometimes tough to keep track of the dizzying array of new features they offer. (Even for us here at CNET.)<p>So in …

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Small reprieve at Telus as Essential Phone is discounted on term

An Essential Phone on Canada’s Telus network will still cost the boggling $1,050 outright as it always has — that’s the US equivalent of $850 …

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Telus reduces Essential Phone on-contract price by $90

Canadian consumers that have been eyeing the Essential Phone now have the chance to get the new smartphone at a decent discount.<p>Telus has reduced the …

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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

This Free App Adds an iPhone X Notch to Your Android Phone

Android smartphones with edge-to-edge screens, like the Samsung S8 or the Essential phone, have found elegant ways to deal with the devices’ …

Android Phones

Are display notches really better than bezels? [Poll of the Week]

<b>Last week’s poll summary:</b> Out of almost 5,500 total votes, 39.1% of our readers said they don’t care about their smartphone’s screen resolution as long as it’s at least Full HD. 35% said they need to have a Quad HD resolution, while 19.1% said they prefer to have a Full HD resolution. Just 5.2% …

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‘Upgrade’ your phone with an iPhone-style notch using this app

The Essential Phone has a different take on bezel-less design than the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and LG V30. The device features a notch on top that houses the camera, with the screen wrapping around it. Apple took things to a new level with the iPhone X, which features an even larger notch where in …

Drooling over that iPhone X notch? These two apps let you easily add it to any Android device

While smartphone manufacturers as diverse as Apple, Xiaomi, Essential, Samsung, LG and soon enough Huawei are collectively inching closer to the …

Technology

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 …

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Essential Phone Will Get The Android Oreo Update Soon

Andy Rubin’s Essential has confirmed that their new Essential Phone will soon be getting the Android Oreo software update.<p>The company announced that …

Mobile Technology

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 …

Mobile Development

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 …

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The Essential Phone is now certified for Verizon's network

Recently the Essential team held a Q&A session over on Reddit, and one of the questions revolved around official support for Verizon Wireless’ …

Verizon

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

From the Editor's Desk: How much longer do we wait for Essential to figure it out?

Excitement can only last so long before we start expecting the product to match.<p>I published my initial Essential Phone review on August 18. 11 days …

Essential Phone will get Android Oreo update “soon”

Essential is bringing the latest version of Android to its first smartphone, the aptly named ‘Phone.’ The Android 8.0 release is already available for Google’s own flagship Pixel hardware, but Essential has previously talked about how it will endeavor to follow Google quickly when it comes to major …

Technology

Unlocked Essential Phone can work on Verizon now

The Essential Phone is one odd cat in the United States’ cluster of smartphones. Sprint is the only carrier selling the device while Essential itself …

Technology

The practical guide to choosing a smartphone

Buying a smartphone can be daunting, particularly when there are so many new options on the market. Choosing the right phone is an intensely personal decision, and one answer may not fit all — even for those who aren't obsessed with the minute differences in technical specifications.<p>No matter who …

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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

The Essential Phone is a remarkable product released as a beta

This beta should have stayed in testing a bit longer, but now that it's out, the Essential Phone is turning into a good phone.<p>It's not uncommon for …

Phones

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

Camera cutouts: The next horrible smartphone trend?

Smartphone trends take lots of different forms, but this latest one sucks.<p>Some smartphone trends are borne of necessity, like the trend towards …

Phones

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 …

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

Summary of Essential’s Reddit AMA: Android Oreo Coming Soon, White Model, Verizon Support, and More<p>After multiple delays of the Essential Phone, the …

Mobile Development

Essential Phone 360 camera impressions: Solid accessory in need of some polish

It's a relatively niche space, but Essential is innovating a bit.<p>The Essential Phone's first proper accessory attachment, its 360-degree camera, is …

Phones

Apple’s iPhone X notch is an odd design choice

Hot or notch?<p>Apple’s new iPhone X has a spectacular edge-to-edge display that dominates the entire front of the device. Well, nearly the entire front. Unlike Xiaomi’s Mi Mix 2, Samsung’s Galaxy S8, and LG’s V30, Apple hasn’t kept the iPhone X top bezel intact; and compared to the Essential Phone, …

Apple

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 Phone now on sale at Sprint stores

Essential’s first phone, the aptly named Phone, is now available in Sprint retail stores. The retail availability follows pre-orders and sales via web and Essential’s own online store, and will provide the first opportunity many potential customers have to get their hands on the device.<p>Despite some …

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Essential Phone Now Available in Sprint Stores

Sprint, the exclusive carrier for the handset, began taking pre-orders for it last month, but as of today started selling the Essential phone in its …

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