The Essential Phone’s amazing track record of software updates is over
Essential did a really spectacular job delivering quick month-to-month patches and Android updates for its one and solely smartphone, the Essential Phone. But at present the corporate introduced it’s closing up store, which implies that these software updates gained’t be coming any longer. Customer help is additionally being phased out efficient instantly.
The Newton Mail service that Essential additionally took over when it acquired CloudMagic is shutting down as of April third.
As half of its weblog submit concerning the firm’s finish, Essential stated that the already-released February safety patch is the final replace that the Essential Phone will ever obtain. “Your PH-1 will continue to work but we will not be providing any additional updates or customer support,” the weblog submit reads. You’re by yourself now, remaining Essential Phone prospects.
The Essential Phone was unveiled in May 2017 and shipped later that yr as a Sprint unique, although it was additionally offered unlocked. The gadget garnered a lot of hype for its distinctive titanium and ceramic construct, and since it was coming from an organization based by Andy Rubin, who additionally co-founded the Android working system. (Rubin’s repute has since been tarnished by quite a few sexual misconduct and harassment allegations that date again to his time at Google. A $90 million severance package deal outraged Google staff and prompted companywide walkouts.)
The gadget featured a novel modular system that allowed equipment (like a 360-degree digicam) to magnetically latch onto its again. It was among the many first telephones with barely there bezels, and it ran a near-stock model of Android. Essential’s modular plans in the end fizzled, however the firm continued to ship fixed software enhancements and tweaks to the PH-1. Essential made a behavior of releasing main new Android updates faster than any telephone maker apart from Google — generally on the exact same day they reached Pixel units. For a product that hardly anybody purchased, the dedication was laudable.
In the spirit of maintaining the Essential Phone alive, Essential might be updating its GitHub with sources that can be utilized to “keep hacking” the gadget lengthy into the longer term.