Andy Rubin, the co-founder of Android, appears all set to come out with a new smartphone manufactured by his company. Rubin has shared an update on Twitter by saying that he is ready to share what he has been doing all this while and also asked people to follow the new Twitter handle with the name ‘@Essential’. The company called Essential also noted about the announcement and its first tweet on Thursday said that “something big is coming on May 30th”. Essential’s first tweet reads, “Hi, welcome to our Twitter page. We’re here to let you know something big is coming May 30th! Stay tuned…”
In March, Rubin had shared a picture of the mysterious looking device where we could only see a certain corner of the phone. According to the picture, 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 had written: “I’m really excited about how this is shaping up. Eager to get it in more people’s hands…” The smartphone, made by Rubin’s own company Essential Products, is known for making gadgets like smartphones, tablets and mobile software. A Bloomberg report had 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 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. According to various rumours, 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 is not expected to come for cheap, as it will compete with Apple iPhones and Google Pixel.
The Essential Twitter account also posted another image where you can see the new smartphone’s but it’s all blacked out, and all you can see is an extra attachment on top. This is being seen as an indication for an AR module on the smartphone, which could allow for 360-degree style photos, videos. Rubin has earlier shared imaged of his colleagues testing out a 360-degree camera.