Essential Phone gets certified, will now work on Verizon's network

Essential Phone gets certified, will now work on Verizon's network

We liked what we saw from Android co-founder Andy Rubin's PH-1, but there's enough little flaws to potentially nudge folks back toward more tried-and-true smartphones that also run Google's mobile OS.

The unlocked model of the Essential Phone sells for $700, while at Sprint users can choose between buying the device for that same price, or choose to lease one for $29.17 a month over 18 months, with the option to pay the remaining purchase amount to own the phone after the lease period ends.

In a Reddit AMA with Andy Rubin, the smartphone's creators, and other employees at Essential, the company confirmed that a 3.5mm headphone jack "Click Accessory" is on its way.

Firstly, the company announced that the charging dock for the phone, which was shown off during launch, would soon be made available in the market. With this news, the PH-1 (PH-one or phone) is now able to work on all four major US carriers.

Headphone jacks are pretty big components and they don't play nice with all-screen Phone architectures.

In response to one of the questions asked by users, Rebecca Zavin, Essential's VP of Software was quoted as saying, "We are excited about supporting 3rd party developers. We studied it very seriously, but fitting a headphone jack into our Phone required tradeoffs we were uncomfortable with", Rubin added. We decided it was more important to have a attractive full-screen display in a thin device with solid battery life.

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As far as major UI promotions are concerned, Android 8.0 Oreo is already only two months or so away, and an open beta program is "on the list" of things under consideration.

The Essential Phone arrived late last month running Android Nougat.

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

As for the more interesting Ocean Depths and Stellar Gray color versions, you'll have to wait some more.

The camera is arguably the handset's weakest spot, and it's good to see that Essential has acknowledged this. "Pure White ceramic is in build trials now", the team said.

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