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Amazon Exclusive ‘Halo Gray’ Essential Phone Comes With Alexa Built-In

Adnan Farooqui February 18, 2018


Essential announced three new color options for its Essential Phone earlier this week. The handset can now be purchased in Stellar Gray, Copper Black, and Ocean Depths colors for $599. Essential has also announced the availability of another color option called Halo Gray. Unlike the others, it’s exclusive to Amazon and Essential says that this is the first Essential Phone “to come with Alexa built-in.”

The Amazon-exclusive Halo Gray Essential Phone costs $449.99 and it’s now available for purchase from Amazon. It has a matte finish for both the titanium and ceramic that lend a more industrial look to the overall design.

Everything else remains the same so it has all of the same specifications and features as all of the other iterations already available in the market. It does come with Amazon’s Alexa digital personal assistant built-in, which lets users get real-time answers to questions, shop for items on Amazon, control smart devices, and do a lot more with Alexa skills.

Just because it comes with Alexa out of the box doesn’t mean that the handset won’t have Google Assistant so those who want to use that assistant will be free to ignore Alexa. Customers who place an order now for the Halo Gray Essential Phone will have it delivered to them starting February 21st.

In case three new Essential Phone colors weren’t enough, today we’re unveiling Halo Gray, the first Essential Phone to come with Alexa built-in. Halo Gray is available for pre-order exclusively from Amazon starting today. https://t.co/hkwkBKGypr pic.twitter.com/lDad2xngBq

— Essential (@essential) February 16, 2018

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Essential Rolls Out Update For Spectre & Meltdown Security Flaws

Tyler Lee January 8, 2018

Recently there was a huge security scare when it was revealed that almost all of today’s modern processors were affected by security flaws known as Spectre and Meltdown. The good news is that if you’re using an Essential Phone, it looks like the company has been quick to act on the issue.

The company has recently tweeted that they have started rolling out a software update to the Essential Phone with the build number NMJ88C. According to the company, this is expected to deal with the Spectre and Meltdown flaws and should patch it up. The update should be live and if you don’t see it yet, not to worry as you can try fetching it manually by going to Settings > About > System updates.

We’re rolling out a software update (build NMJ88C) with the January security patches and fixes for the Spectre and Meltdown security flaws.

— Essential (@essential) January 5, 2018

Also in the same Twitter post, users were asking the company regarding the status of the Android 8.0 Oreo update for the phone, in which Essential replied saying that they are getting close to a release. For those unfamiliar, the Essential Phone is the first phone released under Essential, a relatively new company that was formed in part by former Google exec and Android’s co-founder Andy Rubin.

While the phone might have had grand intentions at the start, it did not exactly launch to a huge success, but perhaps Essential has learnt from their first attempt and the second Essential Phone will be much better received.

Essential Rolls Out Update For Spectre & Meltdown Security Flaws , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Essential Phone To Get Double Tap To Wake, EIS In The Near Future

Tyler Lee December 14, 2017

Despite the reports that the Essential Phone hasn’t even crossed the 100,000 units sold mark, it seems that the company is not giving up and is continuing their efforts at improving the device. Just last month the company issued an update that brought Portrait mode to the camera app, but that’s not all they have up their sleeves.

During the company’s bi-weekly Reddit AMA (via GSMArena), it seems that Essential Phone customers can look forward to a couple of new features in a future update. This comes in the form of double tap to wake, which allows users to double tap the phone’s display to wake it up instead of pressing a button, and also EIS (electronic image stabilization).

As for EIS, given that Essential can’t really change the hardware and introduce optical image stabilization, EIS will have to do. However EIS is still a pretty worthwhile feature and we’ve seen it used to great effect by other phone makers, so don’t write it off just yet. Note that there is no date on when these features will be released, but the AMA has revealed that Essential is working on it and there are plans to eventually release them for the phone.

When exactly that will be remains to be seen, so we guess owners of the handset will just have to remain patient until then.

Essential Phone To Get Double Tap To Wake, EIS In The Near Future , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Apparently Only 50,000 Essential Phones Have Been Sold

Tyler Lee December 13, 2017

Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone was one that many were looking forward to, given Rubin’s experience and background with Android and his involvement with Danger Inc., the company that created the Sidekick which was one of the more iconic smartphones from back in the day, thanks to its design and its prominent use by celebrities.

Unfortunately so far it’s starting to look like the Essential Phone isn’t having the same amount of success. It has been recently estimated that only around 50,000 units of the Essential Phone have been sold to date. This is based on the number of installs of the Essential Camera app from the Google Play Store, which admittedly might not necessarily be the most accurate.

However its popularity (or lack of) seems to be in line with an earlier report from several months ago, where it was said that only 5,000 units were sold, although the jump from 5,000 to 50,000 does seem suspect, leading us to conclude that perhaps maybe the actual figure could be potentially higher.

Then again, we have been seeing how Essential has been somewhat aggressively lowering the price of the smartphone, which we can only imagine could be in a bid to encourage sales of a device that might not be selling so well. We suppose only time will tell on how well the phone will perform, but for now the reports don’t seem too upbeat.

Apparently Only 50,000 Essential Phones Have Been Sold , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Essential Phone’s Camera App Updated With Portrait Mode

Tyler Lee November 30, 2017

It used to be that cameras on phones were considered a novelty because back in the day, the quality of photos taken by such cameras left much to be desired. However fast forward to today, cameras can sometimes make or break a phone, or at least can affect a customer’s decision whether or not they want to buy that particular phone or not.

Now in our review of the Essential Phone, we found that the camera was one of the areas that felt a bit lacking, but the good news is that the folks at Essential have been working to improve it. In fact the company recently announced that they have updated the phone’s camera app where it will now feature portrait mode and reduced compression in a bid to improve image quality.

We’re excited to roll out a new camera update that includes portrait mode, reduced compression to improve image quality, and more. Download the update here: https://t.co/zXoZ765GHF pic.twitter.com/rCFJlLCYAm

— Essential (@essential) November 30, 2017

For those who don’t know what portrait mode is, it is starting to become a standard feature on flagship phones, where it helps to create a separation between your subject and the background, or as photographers would call “bokeh”. This is typically an effect you achieve with DSLRs or mirrorless cameras, but it has been finding its way onto smartphones thanks to dual lens systems and/or recreation through software.

The update for the Essential Phone is already live and available via the Google Play Store, s head on over if you’d like to get your hands on it.

Essential Phone’s Camera App Updated With Portrait Mode , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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