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Essential Phone Sequel

Andy Rubin wants the next Essential phone to text and email back for you

October 10th, 2018

There was a lot of excitement around the Essential Phone, Andy Rubin’s daring smartphone, last year. But the handset turned out to be a huge disappointment in terms of actual sales, prompting speculation that the company would perish, in spite of enormous interest from investors. But a new report claims that the father of Android …

Essential Phone 2 Release Date

What, no ‘game-changing’ Essential Phone 2 this year?

May 25th, 2018

If you have absolutely no idea what an Essential Phone to begin with that perfectly explains why a “game-changing” Essential Phone 2 might never become a reality. But die-hard Android enthusiasts and tech fans already know that Essential is Andy Rubin’s hardware company that launched an all-screen smartphone with a notch last year before Apple’s …

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Yep, the Essential Phone was a total failure

February 12th, 2018

When the Essential Phone was first announced, it brought hope that someone might break Samsung’s death-hold on the premium Android phone market. After all, here was a company with Apple-esque design skills, the leadership of the founder of Android, and the selling power of Amazon. But thanks to tepid demand and endless delays, the Essential …

Essential Phone Price Cut

Essential practically confirms Andy Rubin’s first phone is a flop

October 23rd, 2017

Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone has a daring design and it’s an interesting high-end Android device built in part by the inventor of Android. The Essential Phone was positioned as an alternative to the iPhone and every high-end Android handset available right now, and the company convinced plenty of investors that Essential has a bright future. …

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Essential has sold just 5,000 phones in a month

September 27th, 2017

When Android founder Andy Rubin launched Essential earlier this year, it was a business full of promise. The fledgling company had all the pedigree in the world — Rubin’s first consumer tech move since leaving Google — and it debuted with some slick-looking devices that looked to shake up the market. Unfortunately, Essential appears to …

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Essential phone teardown: It’s all a mess

September 5th, 2017

After lying to customers about the ship date and then phishing them, Essential is finally shipping its eponymous smartphone to people who ordered it months ago. So, is the wait worth it? Not according to legendary gadget destroyers iFixit.

The Essential phone essentially doesn’t exist

August 24th, 2017

So, let’s just get this out of the way — I wanted an Essential phone to play around with. The high-end manufacturing and edge-to-edge screen looked like a great combination. But Essential essentially didn’t want us to have one. After repeated attempts to grab a device, I offer you, dear readers, my honest opinion: Andy …

Essential Phone Shipping

After months of delays, the Essential phone will finally ship this month

August 16th, 2017

After launching his first smartphone in late May, former Android guru Andy Rubin said that the Essential Phone would ship within 30 days after preorders. Rubin’s startup that’s valued at more than $1 billion even though it never shipped a product missed that deadline, and it never explained what caused the delay. However, if you …

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The Essential smartphone just got a massive boost from Amazon

August 9th, 2017

Earlier this year, Android founder Andy Rubin surprised everyone when he announced the Essential smartphone. It’s not that people were surprised to see Rubin working on a high-end luxury Android device — it’s that he created a brand-new company to make it, without backing from one of the smartphone business’s big names. Despite what you …