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  1. Ry's Avatar
    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/artic...-consider-sale

    Essential Products Inc., a startup co-founded by Android creator Andy Rubin that launched last year to great fanfare, is considering selling itself and has canceled development of a new smartphone, according to people familiar with the matter.
    The company had been working on a new model, but has since canceled development of the device. It has shifted engineers and other resources to an upcoming smart-home product, which is on track for release by next year, the people said.
    05-24-2018 04:53 PM
  2. Randy Ohio's Avatar
    Thanks for nothing.
    05-24-2018 05:02 PM
  3. Keeptechcoolandsimple's Avatar
    for lack of better words, this sucks.... i was looking forward to seeing what they could do 2nd gen with the kinks worked out.
    Morty2264 likes this.
    05-24-2018 05:20 PM
  4. msp1518's Avatar
    Was there any other avenue? The phone bombed. It was a disaster of epic proportions as far as sales go and the launch was, let's face it, botched so badly it'll go down in history. Without a Verizon or AT&T behind them they were finished before they even began.

    I wish mine hadn't been destroyed here in China (bad motorbike accident) as I really disliked going back to the huge iPhone 6S+ (that I thankfully still had on hand). Maybe I'll be able to get another PH-1 for a song since this news will result in many dumping the product. Expect a fire sale. I really could use a "spare" phone for travel and the Essential is perfect for that task.
    05-25-2018 12:59 AM
  5. Guy Katz's Avatar
    I put all the blame on the camera
    cfclay likes this.
    05-25-2018 02:49 AM
  6. msp1518's Avatar
    I am willing to buy an OCEAN DEPTHS if anyone has one to sell.
    05-25-2018 08:55 AM
  7. Gayle Lynn's Avatar
    I waited for Oreo 8.1 and love PH1. Sad. Was really hoping the 2.0 this fall and others jumped on board. Even now great phone. Rarely touch my iPhone X anymore.
    05-25-2018 10:55 AM
  8. tech_head's Avatar
    A quote from Andy

    "We always have multiple products in development at the same time and we embrace canceling some in favor of the ones we think will be bigger hits. We are putting all of our efforts towards our future, game-changing products, which include mobile and home products."

    Where does that say the company is being sold or that the PH-2 was canceled?
    05-25-2018 12:43 PM
  9. gibsonb2's Avatar
    I still enjoy my Essential phone. This is sucky news, but not a complete surprise unfortunately. Great first product. I know it had issues, but, for a first build, it was great.
    05-25-2018 01:10 PM
  10. wmurch3's Avatar
    A quote from Andy

    "We always have multiple products in development at the same time and we embrace canceling some in favor of the ones we think will be bigger hits. We are putting all of our efforts towards our future, game-changing products, which include mobile and home products."

    Where does that say the company is being sold or that the PH-2 was canceled?
    I thought the same thing but then i read it a few times and it started to read like a "we didn't want this to get out yet so I'll do some damage control" type of response.

    I'll hold out hope but it doesn't look good. The mobile phone industry is tough to break into and yeah they made some mistakes but they could have easily leaned from them and kept going.

    He must have known it would be an uphill battle so to see them throw in the towel so soon is disheartening.
    05-25-2018 03:29 PM
  11. Gayle Lynn's Avatar
    How about limiting topic to one thread possibly.
    cfclay likes this.
    05-25-2018 04:05 PM
  12. SactoKingsFan's Avatar
    Owning the PH-1 was interesting and I don't regret buying the phone but it's time to move on to another phone. Loved the build and overall feel of the phone, especially the Halo Gray.

    FYI: Those that purchased on Amazon can get most of the money refunded even if it's been well over 30 days.
    05-25-2018 10:05 PM
  13. swagglepuff's Avatar
    Being an early adopter, I really love my essential phone. The essential 2 was going to be the only phone to keep me on the android platform. I have no interest in buying a pixel ever, I absolutely hate all the stupid *** bloatware that comes on every other android device. If there is one thing apple did right it was to not let the carriers control anything about the device other than network requirements. That is why I loved the essential phone, they didnt allow all the bull**** apps and baked in services. That is probably what hurt them the most, and why the top 2 carriers in the unites states didnt deal with them. They were not going to be granted access to the software to allow them to modify it.
    05-26-2018 01:45 AM
  14. Tsepz_GP's Avatar
    A quote from Andy

    "We always have multiple products in development at the same time and we embrace canceling some in favor of the ones we think will be bigger hits. We are putting all of our efforts towards our future, game-changing products, which include mobile and home products."

    Where does that say the company is being sold or that the PH-2 was canceled?
    Ever heard of PR talk?

    You and I both know if there was a more solid plan to keep going he would have had a far specified and solid statement than that.
    DMP89145 likes this.
    05-26-2018 01:48 AM
  15. SactoKingsFan's Avatar
    Being an early adopter, I really love my essential phone. The essential 2 was going to be the only phone to keep me on the android platform. I have no interest in buying a pixel ever, I absolutely hate all the stupid *** bloatware that comes on every other android device. If there is one thing apple did right it was to not let the carriers control anything about the device other than network requirements. That is why I loved the essential phone, they didnt allow all the bull**** apps and baked in services. That is probably what hurt them the most, and why the top 2 carriers in the unites states didnt deal with them. They were not going to be granted access to the software to allow them to modify it.
    There's other options for Android phones without carrier bloatware like the non Verizon Pixel 2/XL, OnePlus, Nokia, etc.
    Laura Knotek likes this.
    05-26-2018 02:02 AM
  16. Scienceguy Labs's Avatar
    Being an early adopter, I really love my essential phone. The essential 2 was going to be the only phone to keep me on the android platform. I have no interest in buying a pixel ever, I absolutely hate all the stupid *** bloatware that comes on every other android device. If there is one thing apple did right it was to not let the carriers control anything about the device other than network requirements. That is why I loved the essential phone, they didnt allow all the bull**** apps and baked in services. That is probably what hurt them the most, and why the top 2 carriers in the unites states didnt deal with them. They were not going to be granted access to the software to allow them to modify it.
    I currently have both an Essential Phone and a Pixel 2 XL, and they are equally bloat free. Hands down, the P2XL is the better phone in every single way, even though I really love my EP. So, if you were waiting on a second gen Essential Phone, you might want to reconsider the Pixel 2 line.
    05-26-2018 06:09 AM
  17. bembol's Avatar
    Issue was always the price. I didn't pay attention until the price drop.

    Less than $400 CAN.
    05-26-2018 09:47 AM
  18. swagglepuff's Avatar
    Well my carrier is sprint, I am restricted to CDMA devices unless the tmobile merger happens. I have no interest in big *** phones anymore the pixel xl 2 is out of the question. I hate the design of the smaller pixel. After using the PH-1 and iPhone X, I have zero interest in any other phone design and size. I will definitely keep my eye on the pixel 3 when it comes out. I hope they redesign the smaller one and give it that nice near bezel-less screen.
    Gayle Lynn likes this.
    05-26-2018 03:23 PM
  19. Morty2264's Avatar
    for lack of better words, this sucks.... i was looking forward to seeing what they could do 2nd gen with the kinks worked out.
    I couldn't agree with you more. I'd been planning on keeping a close eye on the Essential Phone 2, as I had wanted it as one of my options for a future phone. Too bad, indeed.
    Laura Knotek likes this.
    05-26-2018 09:18 PM
  20. BOSCHETT's Avatar
    I really like my Essential phone. I wonder what if anything will happen to the extended warranty. I got it and just received a new unit after dropping it and cracking and scratching the screen. It's a 2 year warranty that for me would be good for another 16 months.
    Morty2264 likes this.
    05-26-2018 09:42 PM
  21. Morty2264's Avatar
    I really like my Essential phone. I wonder what if anything will happen to the extended warranty. I got it and just received a new unit after dropping it and cracking and scratching the screen. It's a 2 year warranty that for me would be good for another 16 months.
    I'm hoping that any preexisting warranties will still be valid and that any future company/corporations would honour said warranties and policies.
    05-27-2018 02:48 PM
  22. Gayle Lynn's Avatar
    I'm hoping that any preexisting warranties will still be valid and that any future company/corporations would honour said warranties and policies.
    I just read on XDA they'd continue with software for two years, security updates for three.
    Morty2264 likes this.
    05-27-2018 06:19 PM
  23. Don_Henry's Avatar
    I just read on XDA they'd continue with software for two years, security updates for three.
    Gayle - could you share the link to where on XDA you read this? (I searched but couldn't find anything). If this is true, I will probably go ahead and purchase a PH-1.

    Thanks in advance!
    05-27-2018 06:53 PM
  24. msp1518's Avatar
    None of that matters if the company is sold. The new buyers do not have to do anything for us.
    05-27-2018 11:08 PM
  25. SactoKingsFan's Avatar
    Yeah, I'm not assuming this phone will get long term support.
    05-27-2018 11:10 PM
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