Essential's second modular accessory is a headphone jack

Today, Essential is announcing new audio improvements for the PH-1, including a new module that adds a headphone jack.

Back at launch one of the more exciting aspects of the Essential Phone was its module function. After delivering the first Android P Beta 1 update to the Essential Phone, the US company is now bringing another major update that will further improve the user experience. You can get your headphone jack back thanks to Essential's modular accessory ecosystem-an ecosystem that will consist of two devices as soon as the new headphone jack adapter comes out. That jack can power high impedance headphones with an "audiophile-grade" amp.

We don't know pricing, only that it'll arrive this summer.


Along with that new adapter, Essential is also touting MQA certification for the Essential Phone today. MQA stands for "Master Quality Authenticated" and allows the Essential Phone to properly handle lossless music files "so you can experience the sound of the original recording" for what you're listening to.

Once users download the latest Essential Phone Android Oreo build, OPM1.18014.234, which also includes Android's June security patch and Bluetooth stability fixes, they'll need a source of MQA-encoded tracks to listen to high-quality tracks.

Related News:

  • Mystery dinosaur skeleton fetches over $2 million at auction

    Mystery dinosaur skeleton fetches over $2 million at auction

    The French owner of the yet to be identified species bought it for a whopping $2,360,389 and refused to be named in public. They reportedly noted it had more teeth, a more substantial pelvis, and differences in the skull and shoulder bones.
    U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying: Who’s moving on to Shinnecock?

    U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying: Who’s moving on to Shinnecock?

    He had a chance to do that at the Memorial Tournament last weekend. "Whether at the golf course or around the world, the new U.S. Senior Open victor Gene Sauers of Savannah finished as second alternate at 1-over 145 (73-72).
    Latest top Pruitt aide to depart is EPA legal counsel

    Latest top Pruitt aide to depart is EPA legal counsel

    CNN has reached out to the EPA for comment and has not yet received a response. Ethics rules prohibit officials from using their office for private gain.
  • Afghanistan announces unprecedented week-long ceasefire with the Taliban

    The decision came after a meeting of Islamic clerics from across the country this week who declared a fatwa on Taliban attacks . The United Nations tallied 763 civilians killed and almost 1,500 injured in just the first three months of the year.
    President Trump decries 'fake' reporting on Melania, says she's well

    President Trump decries 'fake' reporting on Melania, says she's well

    The opportunities Trump are interested in and seizes nearly always entail helping himself. " Fake News is really bad!" he said. The Eagles' snub presented yet another controversy, but one Trump sought to turn to advantage. "She's doing great.
    Valve Releases Statement On Steam Store Content Policies

    Valve Releases Statement On Steam Store Content Policies

    Valve just announced one of the biggest news of the year for the company as they are now allowing "everything" on Steam . A developer was preparing to launch the game " Active Shooter " when online outrage broke out over Memorial Day weekend.
  • Leaked images of Google Pixel 3 XL surface online

    Leaked images of Google Pixel 3 XL surface online

    It's all in an effort to get an extra half-inch of screen space, but keep the top speaker and front-facing camera in place. We already know the larger Pixel was going to come with a notch but we expected a more refined overall design.
    Golden State Warriors take 3-0 lead against Cleveland Cavaliers

    Golden State Warriors take 3-0 lead against Cleveland Cavaliers

    The latest report involves the team that the world's greatest basketball player is now trying to defeat in the 2018 NBA Finals . According to Nielsen, last night's Game 3 peaked with a 15.4 rating right near the end in the 11:15-11:30 PM ET slot.
    Bruce Springsteen Set To Rock Tony Awards Sunday

    Bruce Springsteen Set To Rock Tony Awards Sunday

    CBS All Access is available on your mobile device, Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, Fire TV, PS4, Xbox or Windows 10. The Tony Awards honor the best in show business, and this year's ceremony is sure to be no exception.
  • Meet Norman: the ‘psychopath’ AI trained on violent Reddit content

    Meet Norman: the ‘psychopath’ AI trained on violent Reddit content

    MIT has created a new AI that we sincerely hope never escapes into the wild because this IS how you get Skynet . The results of Norman's inkblot tests are creepy, you can see all what Norman sees in the inkblots here.
    Pires: I can help Emery bridge gap at Arsenal

    Pires: I can help Emery bridge gap at Arsenal

    Because for such a long time it was Arsene Wenger. "Because Arsenal , they have so much talent". So the relationship between the players and me is good.
    Ben Lecomte’s bid to be the first to swim the Pacific Ocean

    Ben Lecomte’s bid to be the first to swim the Pacific Ocean

    But Lecomte knows the application of science-and a boat stocked with 2.8 tonnes of food-will only get him so far. Mr Lecomte, who lives in the U.S. , has been preparing with hours of open water swimming every day.


Most liked

Queen Maxima of Holland's younger sister found dead in Argentina
Maxima, 47, who's originally from Argentina, was quoted in a statement by the royal household as "very shocked and sad". After finding the young woman unconscious they called Argentinian authorities who proclaimed her dead.

Chris Bosh sees LeBron James moving on to Houston Rockets
They teamed up and it's like, 'OK. beat this.' And now I think it's on another organization to get that same narrative". Maybe the biggest roadblock for James joining Houston would be role players, an issues he's experiencing with the Cavs.

Macron and Trudeau vow to confront Trump on tariffs
One source asked by CNN whether the comment was meant as a joke replied: "To the degree one can ever take what is said as a joke". Trump ended that temporary relief this month, seeking to pressure the other countries to cut new trade agreements with the U.S.

McLaren to Toro Rosso F1 team: Back off our young prospects
I'm looking forward to hopefully putting a good weekend in place. I think there always seems to be rumours in Formula 1.

Astronauts en route to space station after successful launch
The three astronauts will join Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold of NASA and Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos, who are now on the station. The impressive orbital research station has been in continuous usage by various crews on rotation since November 2000.

Ocean's 8: Why Sandra Bullock nearly quit acting over Hollywood sexism
But the comment that made Hathaway beam came from Rihanna . "You look back on your life and you go, I've had a really good life". In recent months, Hathaway has been vocal about her changing body size and the camaraderie among the " Ocean's 8 " stars.

David Koch, Billionaire Political Donor, Announces Retirement
By contrast, the Koch network spent more than $120 million in the unsuccessful 2012 effort to defeat President Barack Obama . They have, however, distanced themselves from and disagreed with President Trump on a variety of issues.

Liverpool FC want to sign 22-year-old winger
The Liverpool Echo report the Reds have identified Moses Simon as an ideal back up for Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah. The player operated primarily from the left this season but is versatile and can also play down the right.

Legally Blonde 3 Release Date Confirmed for 2020
She shared a particularly iconic video clip of herself drifting languidly across a pool, reclining on a blow-up floatie. In 2015, Witherspoon told ET that she'd spoken with the films' screenwriters about a third installment.

Cristiano Ronaldo wants to leave Real Madrid this summer
The game, which will be released after the new season has started, will display Cristiano Ronaldo wearing Real Madrid's new kit. United and PSG would probably be the only two realistic destinations for Ronaldo in the event of him leaving Madrid.

New Prince album revealed on late singer's 60th birthday
According to The Boombox , the new album will consist of recordings taken from the very beginning of Prince's career. A posthumous album from the U.S. musician Prince has been announced on what would have been his 60th birthday.

House Of Fraser Closures: Full List Of Stores To Be Closed
House of Fraser has a history stretching back nearly 170 years and is one of the country's best-known fashion brands. The company filed plans in court Wednesday to close 31 stores, which would put over 6,000 jobs at risk.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 renders leak
Some of the previous rumours have suggested that the upcoming smartphone will be one of the company's biggest launches yet. Since the handset includes a Hybrid Dual-SIM slot, it is possible to expand the storage further by up to 256GB.

Beyonce and Jay-Z reveal new photos of their twins on tour
The images appeared on screen at the Principality Stadium alongside messages reading "Love Is Universal" and "Love Never Changes'".

NASA’s major Mars findings: organic molecules and seasonal changes
Key details about the organics may have been obscured in Curiosity's sample because the rover can only drill two inches into rock. That's a harder question to address scientifically, but I think that we need to give the search for life on Mars due diligence.