When Andy Rubin (the co-founder) of the world’s most popular mobile Operating system left Google in 2014 to form his own premium smartphone company Essential, he promised to bring to the world a great device and today we take a glimpse of this device.
According to twit he sent out, the upcoming premium smartphone has an edge-to-edge display “that lacks a surrounding bezel. As we predicted, phones in 2017 smartphones in 2017 will have little or less bezels as one of the trends due to new tastes and preferences thanks to phones like Xiaomi MI MIX, LG G6 and Samsung’s edge-displays. In fact the next iPhone is highly anticipated to drop the home button in favor of having a thin bezel.
From Andy’s twit, we can see that the phone will feature a cutout on top for a speaker, along with a visible button on the side of the device. The phone also seems to run some unknown version of Android.
I’m really excited about how this is shaping up. Eager to get it in more people’s hands… pic.twitter.com/LRzQCFSKTm
— Andy Rubin (@Arubin) March 27, 2017
Andy’s Essential is said to be planning several products — both in mobile and for the smart home, according to a Bloomberg report published in January. The highlight of these hardware efforts is a high-design smartphone meant to compete with Apple’s iPhone 7, Samsung’s Galaxy S7, the Google Pixel, and other flagship mobile devices. Rubin is aiming to launch the smartphone in mid-2017 and is already in discussions with Foxconn to manufacture it, the report claims.
Essential is also “experimenting” with a 3D Touch-like feature that would allow its smartphone to detect different levels of pressure when users touch the screen.
A part from Essential Andy Rubin leads Playground Global, a startup fund / tech incubator meant to bolster companies working to achieve advances in AI. “In order for AI to blossom and fulfill consumer needs, it has to be about data,” he said in June.