Essential Phone: Frustrated buyers may get their phones by Thursday, Verizon compatibility hits a roadblock

Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone is an impressive piece of hardware for a first-generation product built by a startup, but even the father of Android himself hasn’t gotten this device to market without its fair share of issues. Early buyers have been voicing concerns about their pre-orders for several days now, but it seems that orders are finally on their way.

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Leaked HTC brand video reveals possible Vive phone, focus on color, material customization

HTC’s upcoming January 12th event carries a rather generic “for U” invitation. The latest rumors point to three new devices this quarter, with the first possibly being an underwhelming phablet. However, a leaked video from Evleaks shows that HTC might be focussing on customization and possibly a Vive phone.

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Essential Phone is now available for purchase, company promises Nexus-esque update policy [Update]

After a couple of months of anticipation, Andy Rubin’s startup Essential is finally opening up orders for its first product, the Essential Phone. The unlocked, bezel-less device is now available from Essential and multiple retailers for 9.

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Download the LG V30’s official wallpapers for your phone right now [Gallery]

LG officially unveiled the V30 to the world in the wee hours of the morning, and our initial hands-on time with the phone has been quite positive to say the least. The software on the V30 remains mostly unchanged from the G6, but as with the majority of phones, the V30 brings a ton of new wallpapers to spruce up its look. If you want to give your own device some of the V30’s aesthetic right now, you can download the official new wallpapers right here.

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LittleBits adds Bluetooth LE module so kids can control their creations from an Android phone or tablet

Kids electronics kit makers LittleBits have long used an Android app to help kids build their own gadgets, but the addition of a Bluetooth LE module means that their creations can now be directly controlled by a smartphone or tablet.

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Essential Phone camera updated w/ stability fixes and 60FPS monochrome video mode

Andy Rubin’s Essential produced an incredible piece of hardware in the Essential Phone, but its camera was a deal-breaker for many. Now, following some major price cuts, Essential is still working to make that camera better, and that’s reflected in the latest update.

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