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[Deal Alert] Get a free pair of Essential Earphones HD with purchase of Essential Phone

Essential might be having some serious issues internally, but on the outside, all operations seem to be continuing normally. The Essential Phone's Android P Beta 1 just made its debut a few days ago, as did a camera update with several improvements. The company is now offering a pair of its Earphones HD, valued at $99, for free with the purchase of an Essential Phone.

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Essential rolls out camera app update with camera roll enhancements, 'tiny planet' videos, and more

The Essential Phone had a lot going for it at launch, but the camera experience definitely didn't live up to the hype. Essential has done what it can to improve camera performance over time, and it has gotten better. Today, there's yet another update rolling out, but this one is just the camera app in the Play Store. It won't change the fundamentals of the camera, but there are some new features.

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[Update: Full downloads posted] Android P Beta 1 rolling out to Essential Phone

Essential may have run into a few recent issues, but the company remains committed to updating its devices. Case in point: Essential's latest Android P update is rolling out now, bringing the titanium and ceramic-framed notch the company's latest Android P Beta 1.

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Essential's second modular accessory is a headphone jack

Essential is one of the many smartphone makers that has eschewed the headphone jack, but what's this? You can get your headphone jack back thanks to Essential's modular accessory ecosystem—an ecosystem that will consist of two devices as soon as the new headphone jack adapter comes out.

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Essential Phone's Android P Developer Preview updated with several fixes

Essential is in trouble. The PH-1 didn't do too well for a number of reasons, though it was significantly improved upon with consistent and quick updates. Even in its current situation, the company is continuing to provide excellent update support, having just pushed several fixes for its Android P Developer Preview.

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The OnePlus 6 is the best Android phone with a notched screen yet

OnePlus is a company that, historically, hasn’t been known for adventurous smartphone designs. And while much of the OnePlus 6 merely iterates on the same rather staid, minimal hardware language, there is one part that stands out: this is the first Android phone with a screen notch I haven’t felt repulsed by.

Now, I don’t mind screen notches, in theory. The iPhone X manages to incorporate one well, particularly owing to the fact that the rest of the screen bezel around the phone is equally thin. Which is to say, there isn’t a chin.

The OnePlus 6 does have a chin - and there are reasons for that - but I think it incorporates that element far better than, for example, Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone.

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Essential now direct selling to Canada, UK, France, Germany, and Japan

The Essential Phone and 360 Camera are in demand around the world — according to Essential. So the company is responding by selling its phone and accessories directly to consumers in Canada, the UK, France, Germany, and Japan. If you live in one of those five countries, it's time to get mildly excited.

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[Deal Alert] Essential Phone down to $399 ($100 off) from Amazon and Best Buy

The Essential Phone's initial $700 price obviously wasn't very enticing, as the phone has since fallen to as low as $399 with a free 360 Camera attachment. Today's $399 deal from Amazon and Best Buy doesn't include the 360-degree camera, but let's be honest; you were never going to use that after the first day of ownership anyway.

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[Update: Sprint too] Essential rolls out new Oreo 8.1 build with Bluetooth 5.0, April patches, and more

Essential didn't find much success selling a $700 smartphone, but it's doing better selling that same phone for $500 or less. The Essential Phone has improved with software updates, and it's currently running Android 8.1 Oreo. The company isn't taking too much time to pat itself on the back after getting Oreo out the door. There's already another build with the latest patches and new Bluetooth features.

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Essential's recent update lets full screen apps and games use the whole display, including notch area

There are really just two ways to handle a "notch" display cutout in software. Either you have content stop before it would be cut off by it, or you allow it to go all the way to the display's true edge and suffer the loss of visibility.

Everyone has an opinion about which is better, but Essential just made it so we can all have our way. The Oreo 8.1 (build 141) update includes a new "Essential notch settings" that allows for per-app and global notch customization.

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