During the company's monthly Reddit AMA sesh, Essential also confirmed Android Q would be coming and that scrolling can be fixed-ish.
Software updates at the speed of life, okay hardware and all for $310. If you like owning a gray phone. If not, black's still cool at $340.
In fact, any smartphone owner who had Android Pie on their device was susceptible to this seemingly random toggling of power saver settings...
The options to have the "ears" blend in or stay out of the way were available on the Essential Phone in Android Oreo... but not Pie? Why?
Great deals have come to Amazon's exclusive Essential Phone in Halo Gray with 128GB unlocked for under $300 and with Android's latest version
Android P has reached the end of the trialing pipeline and is set to be released within the next several weeks. What will be the treat name?
The Essential Phone will soon be compatible with a premium sound accessory, already supporting master-quality audio, and scoring free Tidal content.
From developer preview to public beta, it's still gotta be flashed into the device if you're willing to try Android P with Essential.
The company insists that the Essential PH-1 will remain on its normal software update schedule through mid-2020, even as the fate of the company is uncertain.
Nearly seven years later, we may finally have reached the end of this argument between two bickering tech giants. That and a really big phone this week on our show!
Rubin himself has not denied that the company was for sale or confirmed that the Essential Phone sequel was still alive, just that some projects were "canceled" for what will hopefully be "bigger hits."
You can get into the newest version of Android long before it's even finalized just by having one of 11 phones and with a little bit of clicking. Start here.
Inspired by the Essential Phone rather than Apple's iPhone X, the 6-inch "edgeless" Sharp Aquos R2 packs a Snapdragon 845 processor and two somewhat unusual rear-facing cameras.
Two big price cuts later and the Canadian carrier has announced that it won't take any more stock of Andy Rubin's newfangled Android phone.
Essential products purchased from the company's website can now make it over to five more countries. Canada already had PH-1 carriage from Telus, but not unlocked.
Once upon a time priced at a whopping $699, the unlocked "Black Moon" Essential Phone currently fetches just $350 at Amazon. Best Buy matches the deal with Verizon activations.
Unlocked, this is the phone's best price yet... at least while it's being offered solo. But for fast software updates and 128GB of storage, the Essential PH-1 at $400 still sounds pretty good.
Turns out customers who bought their Essential Phone and stuck it with Sprint are just now getting the latest and greatest features... but at least it's all at once.
The design of the first Essential Phone was controversial. The camera's usefulness was, too. At least we know where the priorities are for next time around.
The Google security patches are in place faster than plenty of Pixel phones. Plus, Bluetooth 5 spec improvements are finally here!
The OnePlus 6 is technically not official yet, and it may not even be called that way, but we already know exactly what size its notch will be, and why it's there to begin with.
It's a deal good through Saturday, March 24, that lets customers save on a unique, new color of the Essential Phone and ditch their headphone dongles.
Just like last year's Aquos S2, the newly launched (in China) Sharp Aquos S3 mini adopts an Essential Phone-inspired screen cutout instead of an iPhone X-style notch.