Latest Update for Essential Phone Adds Bluetooth 5
Essential Products is rolling out a new software update for its PH-1 smartphone. The system upgrade boosts the core code from Android 8 to Android 8.1 and includes a number of performance tweaks. For example, the phone should now properly interact with external game controllers. The update includes the April security patch from Google and also introduces support for Bluetooth 5.0. Essential said the update is available to download and install over the air.
May 30, 2017
Essential Products, the startup being run by Andy Rubin, who helped create the Android operating system, announced its first smartphone today, the PH-1. The PH-1 is a high-end handset crafted from a titanium shell that Rubin claims is more robust than aluminum and more resistant to damage when dropped.
Feb 15, 2018
Essential Products today introduced three new color options for the PH-1 Essential Phone. Ocean Depths will go on sale starting today, with Stellar Gray following on February 20 and Copper Black arriving February 22.
Jun 12, 2017
Essential Products has found a U.S. carrier to distribute its Essential PH-1 handset, and that carrier is Sprint.
Aug 9, 2017
Essential Products says it will reveal the launch date of its PH-1 smartphone within one week, according to the Wall Street Journal. The company first said the phone would launch within 30 days of its initial debut, which took place back in May.
Aug 17, 2017
Sprint today began accepting preorders for the Essential PH-1 smartphone. Sprint is offering the phone at a significant savings through its lease program when compared to buying the phone outright directly from Essential.