Essential Home is Andy Rubin’s Answer to the Google Home and Amazon Echo

The Essential Phone has dominated our morning as it quickly became the new talk of the town. The co-founder of Android launching a flagship smartphone certainly got people interested for many reasons. But the Essential Phone isn’t all that Essential Products revealed today. Essential Home is another product that was announced today by Essential Products. Essential Home is essentially a …

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Does the Essential Phone need carrier support?

Today, Andy Rubin and his new company, Essential, took the wraps off what they’ve been working on for quite some time: The Essential Phone. It’s actually just one piece of a bigger puzzle for Rubin and his new company, which want to control everything in your home with a more accessible platform called Ambient OS (and a new smart speaker), …

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Does Essential Phone have enough “essentials”?

For many, seeing “no 3.5mm headphone jack” was reason enough to instantly lose interest in Essential Phone, and there’s nothing wrong with that. The strange shift from headphone jack to dongleville over the past year wasn’t exactly warranted nor appreciated, yet the idea continues to spread for no discernable reason other than everybody else is doing it. Maybe it will …

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The BlackBerry KEYone makes all the right compromises

As the years go by, my need for having “the latest and greatest” smartphone dwindles. At first I thought it was simply a matter of getting older and being more financially responsible, but I also think it has a lot to do with being satisfied with where smartphones are right now. I had a habit of upgrading my phone at …

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