It sounds like the Essential Phone is dead. A report from Bloomberg says the smartphone startup has "cancelled" its next smartphone. The company, which was once valued at a billion dollars before ever shipping a product, is now "considering selling itself." Essential introduced itself to the public in 2017 as a new technology company founded by Andy Rubin, co-founder of Google's Android OS. Its first product was the Essential Phone, a high-end, slim bezel smartphone with a notched screen and ceramic body. The Essential Phone launched in September 2017 with a pretty bad first impression. The phone was delayed three months from its original launch window, and early customers had their private information leaked by Essential customer support, an incident Rubin called "humiliating." The phone was originally $699, but poor sales quickly led to a price drop of $200. Bloomberg says Essential sold "at least 150,000 to date, according to the person familiar with the company." … [Read more...] about Essential cancels its next smartphone, future of the company in doubt
Video: Andy Rubin's Essential Phone: modular, tough, and no logo.Essential, the smartphone from Android creator Andy Rubin, will not be making an Essential Phone 2, according to a report. Bloomberg reports that Essential is in early-stage talks to sell the company after having spent $100m, roughly a third of the funds it's raised, developing the Essential Phone PH1 and its 360-degree attachable camera module. The Essential Phone went on sale in August several weeks behind schedule and in a much more competitive market than if it had launched on time. But the phone ultimately didn't live up to expectations, given its reasonable price and the involvement of Rubin, the creator of the world's most popular OS.While praised for its design, most reviewers found the built-in camera poor and not up to par with other high-end smartphones. Essential cut the $700 price to $500 two months later after launch. The company has sold 150,000 Essential phones to date, according to Bloomberg. … [Read more...] about Essential Phone 2: Did Android founder Andy Rubin just cancel his next phone?
2016 was a great year to be a smartphone fan. 2017 was even better. Smartphone displays are now narrower and taller than before, and the cameras in our pockets now rival some DSLRs. We also saw some zany, wild smartphone designs, more OEMs adopting dual-camera setups, and a bigger focus on design quality (even if that means $1,000 smartphones). But there’s always room for improvement! Here’s what we’d like to see in 2018.Design innovation Smartphone design changed a lot in 2017. It was the first year we saw 18:9 aspect ratio displays, and now phones with more traditional 16:9 screens are becoming scarcer. Those stretched-out screens are also resulting in less bezel, which can be good or bad depending on how you use your smartphone. This past year we also saw the introduction of the notch, prominently displayed on the iPhone X and Essential Phone. We even got a smartphone with a 120 Hz display. Phones are getting sleeker and more innovative, and in … [Read more...] about Looking ahead: what we’d like to see in the smartphone world in 2018
Several months back, Essential confirmed that it was working on a next-generation handset, saying that this should be easier to repair than the original Essential Phone. Now, the company is getting ready to announce something on February 15 - that's Thursday - and this might have something to do with a new smartphone. Essential took to Twitter to inform the world that "a new wave [of something] is coming" on February 15. The company also shared an image - seen above - showing what resembles the fingerprint scanner of the first Essential Phone. This could mean the announcement is not about a brand new device, but just about new color variants of the model that's already available to buy. Right now, the original Essential Phone (model number PH-1) is sold only in two color versions: Black Moon and Pure White. But, ever since announcing the handset last year, Essential showcased other two colors of it: Ocean Depths, and Stellar Gray. As we already said, the … [Read more...] about Is a new Essential Phone coming this month?
The advent of the smartphone totally changed our views of mobile technology. Prior to the first-generation iPhone and other smart mobile devices from the likes of Palm and HTC, mobile phones were basically just phones, but that's no longer the case.Today, we're seeing all sorts of features that we never would've expected to see on our mobile phones, such as cameras that rival the quality of entry-level DSLRs, high-resolution displays for streaming movies and other types of video, powerful internals for multitasking and productivity, and the list goes on. In many ways, the smartphones in our pockets are more like computers than portable communication devices.With that being said, we've come to realize that, as advanced as even budget smartphones have become, not all smartphones are created equally. Some devices are designed with content creators in mind while others are made more for content consumption. Every new flagship is launched with a specific type of user or consumer in mind. … [Read more...] about What are the best smartphones for mobile productivity?