The Essential Phone might not have been a huge success, but it did win the company a loyal set of followers who have been eagerly waiting for its next smartphone. Today, the company has finally teased its new device which it is calling Project GEM.
Essential, which launched its first smartphone, the Essential Phone, and heralded smartphones with notches and drastically minimized bezels, has been in a bit of rough waters as of late.
Hot on the heels of Google announcing the release of Android 9.0 Pie for its Pixel devices, Essential has announced that it is also rolling out the latest version of Android to the PH-1. The Essential Phone might not have exactly topped the sales chart but the company has still ensured that it updates the device with the latest security update or Android version soon after Google.
The Essential Phone was the first device to bring the notch to a mass-market smartphone, but it looks like we might not get to see what an Essential Phone 2 would look like.
Essential is trying to keep the attention on its first smartphone, the Essential Phone, and offering new colors and variants is one way to go about that.
If you are a fan of limited edition smartphones, and happen to be a fan of the Essential brand and the Essential Phone, then the company has something worth considering.
Essential founder and CEO Andy Rubin will be taking a leave from the company for a few weeks for “personal reasons.” The move comes after a report from The Information revealed a relationship that Rubin had at Google with a woman working under him in the Android division.
When the Essential Phone first launched, it carried a hefty $699 price tag. While the design and build quality of the phone set it apart from others in the market, the $699 price tag was still too tough to digest for a phone from a new company.
Essential today released the first beta build of Android 8.0 Oreo for the Essential Phone. The Essential Phone runs on a stock build of Android and the Oreo experience on the device is not going to be any different.
Essential has announced that it will offer a free unit of the Essential Phone to customers who were recently part of an internal company deficiency, resulting in 70 users having their private data shared with a handful of other customers.