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Former Essential employee reveals designs for unreleased PH-2 and PH-3 phones

Former Essential employee reveals designs for unreleased PH-2 and PH-3 phones

Earlier this year, the Andy Rubin-led smartphone startup Essential closed its doors. The company only ever released one product, the PH-1 Android phone, but it had plenty of canceled endeavors. We already knew about the 'Project GEM' phone-like prototype, but it seems Essential was also working on two more regular phones.

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Essential will let you flash Android 11 on the PH-1 thanks to generic system images

Essential will let you flash Android 11 on the PH-1 thanks to generic system images

The Essential Phone was one of a few devices that managed to keep up with Google's Pixel handsets when it comes to system updates, but with the company behind shut down after issues with its quirky GEM phone and the sexual harassment allegations surrounding its founder, we assumed development was completely halted. That doesn't seem to be the case just yet, though — Essential has published a Github repository aimed at making the phone fully compatible with Google's Android 11 generic system images (GSI).

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Essential once again delivers monthly security patch on same day as Google

Essential once again delivers monthly security patch on same day as Google

Essential is in a strange place right now as a company. Its latest phone is still its first model, the 2017 PH-1, with no direct replacement in sight. Still, Essential is keeping its remaining users happy, as it has once again rolled out monthly security patches at the same time as Google's Pixel phones receive the OTA.

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Essential Phone gets day-one Android 10 update

Essential Phone gets day-one Android 10 update

The Essential Phone is among the first devices outside Google's Pixels to pick up Android 10. We can confirm the OTA is rolling out as we speak for devices running both the previous Android Q betas and the last stable release of Android 9 Pie.

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Essential continues tradition of speedy updates with August 2019 OTA

Essential continues tradition of speedy updates with August 2019 OTA

Essential might not have a new phone to sell you, but it does have a free OTA update today. Google has started rolling out the latest Android patches, and Essential has them ready for the Essential Phone, as tradition dictates. Don't expect new features, but security is pretty important, too.

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Essential releases July security patch, continuing trend of ultra-fast updates

Essential releases July security patch, continuing trend of ultra-fast updates

For a company that laid a third of its staff off last year and whose future in smartphones seems uncertain, Essential is doing incredibly well with updates. Even though the Essential Phone has been officially discontinued, Andy Rubin & co continue to pump out security patches the same day as Google, and nothing's changed in that department for July.

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Essential continues to roll out monthly Android patches right on time

Essential continues to roll out monthly Android patches right on time

By all accounts, Essential doesn't have a whole lot going on right now. It launched one phone about 18 months ago and has been cutting staff ever since. If Essential is working on another phone, it hasn't seen fit to talk about that. So, what is there to do other than keep the Essential Phone updated? Another month, another instant update for Essential Phone owners.

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Here are the Android Q Beta image links for third-party devices and some quirks to watch for

Here are the Android Q Beta image links for third-party devices and some quirks to watch for

If you don't have a Pixel phone to get into that sweet, sweet Android Q Beta business, you've got more than a dozen third-party phones that can help you get there. But with each phone comes its own catches, so we'll patch you through to the resources you need from the OEMs.

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Essential Phone gets May security patch, Bluetooth and shutdown fixes

Essential Phone gets May security patch, Bluetooth and shutdown fixes

Following the Pixels getting theirs today, Essential has pushed out the May security patch to the Essential Phone, right on time. This is quite typical for the company to be the first third-party OEM to update their phones, and unlike others, these patches are applied for everyone, not just those who opt into beta programs.

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The Essential Phone gets its April OTA right on time

The Essential Phone gets its April OTA right on time

No, this is not an April Fool—Essential is still updating the Essential Phone with remarkable speed. The phone, which launched in 2017, is getting its April OTA update at the same time as Google's phones. There are some minor tweaks to functionality, but this is mostly about security patches.

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