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Essential Now Building New Phone, Report Says, With All the AI

Essential Now Building New Phone, Report Says, With All the AI

In May, just as we were preparing mentally for a wonderful world filled with nothing but joy that could possibly include a refreshed Essential Phone with a proper camera and display, a report arrived
Essential is reportedly working on an AI phone that operates through voice commands

Essential is reportedly working on an AI phone that operates through voice commands

While Essential's first device has a cult following among those who prioritize quick Android updates, it became clear in May that it would never see a follow-up. A report from Bloomberg revealed that
Deep-linking startup Branch is raising more than $100M at a unicorn valuation

Deep-linking startup Branch is raising more than $100M at a unicorn valuation

Branch, the deep-linking startup backed by Andy Rubin’s Playground Ventures, will enter the unicorn club with an upcoming funding round. The four-year-old company, which helps brands create links
These Android phones have security defects out of the box, researchers say

These Android phones have security defects out of the box, researchers say

At least 25 Android smartphones — 11 of which sold by major U.S. carriers — carry vulnerabilities out of the box which make them easy prey for hackers, according to a new study from security

Essential Phone might still get Android Q, more camera updates on the way

One of the main reasons why Android enthusiasts were sad when Andy Rubin announced that they were shelving the Essential Phone 2 is that Essential is one of the manufacturers of Android – if not the

Essential discounts its 360 Camera to $19, a day after its phone was half-off

At $250, the Essential Phone was arguably the best deal of Amazon Prime Day. Which is saying a lot. But no matter how you slice it, 50 percent off an Android flagship is a pretty tough deal to beat. I

General Magic trailer gives peek into one of Silicon Valley’s most influential startups

The documentary about the most important tech company you’ve never heard of is nearly ready to hit the big screen. General Magic, a ‘90s startup created by some of the best minds at Apple, is getting
Essential May Be Doomed, But This New Mod Could Make Its Phone Sound Pretty

Essential May Be Doomed, But This New Mod Could Make Its Phone Sound Pretty

You’ve got to appreciate a company that doesn’t give up even when things are looking down. Despite a rocky launch plagued by delayed shipments, unfinished software, and a laggy camera app, Essential

General Magic tells story of Apple spinoff that almost changed the world

How do you follow a project like the Macintosh? A high-flying Apple spinoff called General Magic tried to answer that question in the early 1990s. After revolutionizing the personal computer, a team
Report: Essential Cancels Second Phone, May Put Itself Up for Sale

Report: Essential Cancels Second Phone, May Put Itself Up for Sale

According to sources inside the company, discussions are focused on unloading the entire firm along with its patent portfolio. The post Report: Essential Cancels Second Phone, May Put Itself Up for
What, no ‘game-changing’ Essential Phone 2 this year?

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

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

Andy Rubin’s done, and don’t expect an Essential Phone 2

If you ever need to know what not to do when launching a new flagship phone or phone manufacturer, simply look to Andy Rubin and his company, Essential. While the Essential Phone was a genuinely cool

Essential has cancelled the next PH-1 and could be put up for sale

A new report has surfaced which suggests that not only has the successor to the Essential Phone been cancelled, but that the company could be looking to put itself up for sale. The post Essential has
[Update: More details from internal email] Essential reportedly cancels second phone, puts itself up for sale

[Update: More details from internal email] Essential reportedly cancels second phone, puts itself up for sale

Update 1: 2018/05/24 2:57pm PDT An official Essential spokesperson responded to our request for comment. Here's what we got: "We always have multiple products in development at the same time and we
Essential Never Lived Up to Its Name, and Now It's Reportedly for Sale

Essential Never Lived Up to Its Name, and Now It's Reportedly for Sale

Just over one year into its endeavor to “inject passion back into smartphones,” Essential appears to be on its last legs. Bloomberg reported the smartphone manufacturer founded by Android creator Andy
Andy Rubin’s Essential is reportedly up for sale and has cancelled work on its next smartphone

Andy Rubin’s Essential is reportedly up for sale and has cancelled work on its next smartphone

Essential, the smartphone company helmed by Android co-creator Andy Rubin, is trying to sell itself and has cancelled development of its next phone, Bloomberg reports. The report states that Essential
Report: Essential Cancels Next Phone as Company is Put Up for Sale (Updated)

Report: Essential Cancels Next Phone as Company is Put Up for Sale (Updated)

Oh no, the end for Essential as we know it may be near, guys. According to a report out of Bloomberg, Essential has canceled the Essential Phone 2 and is looking to sell itself. The report says that
[UPDATED] Andy Rubin reportedly puts Essential up for sale as he cancels second phone

[UPDATED] Andy Rubin reportedly puts Essential up for sale as he cancels second phone

Essential, a brand new company started by the Android co-founder Andy Rubin, launched its first smartphone last year with plenty of fanfare. And expectations were high for what would be that device’s

Here are all the robots we saw at TC Sessions: Robotics

Robots are coming. Are they overlords or friendly companions designed to help us perform the mundane tasks of our respective days? Perhaps it’s both. Whatever the purpose, they’re no longer part of
Android co-creator isn’t sure whether robots will adopt a single platform

Android co-creator isn’t sure whether robots will adopt a single platform

Android co-creator Andy Rubin isn’t so sure whether there will be one software platform to rule all robots. The former Google exec and Playground Global CEO talked in length about the role of