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Android’s Creator Is Launching A New ‘Essential’ Smartphone

The Essential Smartphone Is Here

Andy Rubin, co-founder and former CEO of Danger Inc. and Android Inc, has been working on a new venture since January this year. This venture’s first project was supposed to be a bezel-less smartphone. Yesterday the company let out the information on Twitter – that we get to see the phone revealed on the 30th of May.

Here’s what Essential tweeted:

Rewind to March 27, Rubin did shoot up the hype with a teaser, saying he is excited about the course of progress and is “eager to get it in more people’s hands”. The photo gives us a partial peek of the phone which was just enough to tell us about its negligible bezels and curved edges. Only the time, network and battery indicator could be seen on white display.

Tweets and Speculations:

Eric Schmidt, executive chairperson of Alphabet Inc., confirmed that the new device would indeed be running on android, captioning the teaser tweet with “Phenomenal new choices for Android users coming very soon. An example!”.

To tease the speculators, Essential surprised all with tweeting an update showing a silhouette of the much-anticipated gadget as a response to a follower.

Previously on 12 April, another tweet from Andy Rubin hinted about the work on 360-degree cam. The spherical extention on the top as it can be viewed in the silhouette, which was hidden in the teaser image, is suspected to be exactly that by many people.

However, there were other speculations earlier as the Essential FIH-PM1 was reportedly spotted at GFXBench. We can see the report suggests that the display would be a 5.5-inch, 2560 x 1312 resolution one. It also mentions octa-core Snapdragon 835 processor @2.2 GHz with Adreno 540 GPU and 4 GB RAM. The rear and the front camera are reportedly of 12 and 7 mp that also might lack autofocus. The Essential phone would also support NFC and run Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. Read about it in details here.

The Essential Background

Andy Rubin previously worked in Apple. Later, he went on MSN TV, after which he co-founded Danger Inc. in 1999. This firm was later acquired by Microsoft. In 2003, he finally founded Android Inc. and served as the CEO till 2005. After Google acquired Android, he has been the Senior Vice President ever since. Rubin said his aim was to develop ‘smarter mobiles that were more in sync with owner’s location and preferences’. He’s been working on startups from then and founded Playground Global in 2014. The company Essential, launched this year is reportedly based at Palo Alto, CA, and focuses on making AI-related products.

Expectations are soaring as the essential smartphone’s release nears.