1. Man who invented Android, Andy Rubin teases new ‘Essential’ smartphone

Man who invented Android, Andy Rubin teases new ‘Essential’ smartphone

Andy Rubin, the inventor of Android, has teased a new smartphone manufactured by his company. He has shared the image of the mysterious looking device and we can only see a certain corner of the phone.

By: | Published: March 28, 2017 2:33 PM
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Andy Rubin, the inventor of Android, has teased a new smartphone manufactured by his company. He has shared the image of the mysterious looking device and we can only see a certain corner of the phone. The network, battery and time are the only things visible in a white text, on the screen of the device. Posting the picture on Twitter, Andy Rubin wrote: “I’m really excited about how this is shaping up. Eager to get it in more people’s hands…” The smartphone is reportedly made by Rubin’s own company Essential Products. The company is known for making gadgets like smartphones, tablets and mobile software. A Bloomberg report said that Rubin gathered a team of 40 members, mostly former Apple and Alphabet’s Google, for his company.

Earlier, according to the Bloomberg report, Rubin’s new company called Essentials was announced with a focus on making AI-centered products, including smartphones and other smart devices. Even his previous startup Playground Global is a famous AI startup incubator. The report said that the plan was to launch a premium smartphone with an edge-to-edge screen and set the price same as the iPhone 7. The report has also said that one of the prototype models may feature a display which will be bigger than the iPhone 7 Plus’ 5.5-inch display but will have thinner bezels. The phone, hence, will not come for cheap, as it will compete with Apple iPhones and Google Pixel.

According to the picture that Rubin has posted, one is reminded of the Chinese company Xiaomi’s latest concept phone, Mi MIX because of its edge-to-edge 1080p LCD display and a ceramic body.

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But with such a small part of the device being shared, it is really hard to guess the specs and features of the smartphone. Still, Geekbench leaks suggest that the Essential FIH-PM1 will have the latest processor by Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 835 and might feature 4GB of RAM.

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