Essential Phone OS and accessory details revealed

Yolanda Curtis
September 17, 2017

When the debut Android phone from Andy Rubin's Essential was revealed last month, it was made clear that Sprint would be the only carrier in the USA to sell the device.

Another interesting detail revealed during the AMA is that Essential is prepping two new modular accessories for the smartphone due to be released in the upcoming months. The first available should be the charging dock. The Essential Phone lacks the headphone jack and instead comes with USB C port. The phone is now shipping out to customers with Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box, but according to Essential's VP of Software, Rebecca Zavin users can expect to see the new update arrive "in the next month or two".

Rubin said, "We are under development on a number of Click Connector accessories. We are continuing to look at supporting ideas, like cameras", reads the Reddit post.

The company explained that headphone jacks are "pretty big components" and that they aren't really great for the smartphones with an all-screen design. Ultimately, Essential says it came down to keeping the device thin and stylish without compromising on the battery as these trade-offs weren't something the company was ok with.

"We studied it very seriously, but fitting a headphone jack into our Phone required tradeoffs we were uncomfortable with", a company official explained. We decided it was more important to have a lovely full-screen display in a thin device with solid battery life. For those that own the Essential PH-1, also referred to simply as the Essential Phone, the update to Oreo may be of particular interest as many thought the phone would end up launching with Oreo out of the box, but that ended up not being the case when the phone was announced earlier this year.

A fan asked the question regarding the Android Oreo update and when it can be expected on the Essential Phone.

The Essential Phone will have a new magnetic accessory that adds the 3.5mm headphone jack.

No release date was given for the high-end audio accessory, but the company said they are actively testing prototypes.

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