Published: Fri, October 12, 2018
Industry | By Terrell Bush

Essential Now Building New Phone, Report Says, With All the AI

Essential Now Building New Phone, Report Says, With All the AI

Essential Products, a startup run by Android creator Andy Rubin that launched previous year to great fanfare, is reportedly working on a new smartphone that will mimic users and automatically respond to messages on their behalf.

Not so fast, because according to a report from Bloomberg, Essential's next phone could be anything but conventional. Now, its creator and inventor of Android is reportedly on a mission to destroy Android phones as we know them to eliminate our screen addition.

New rumors indicate tell us that Essential is working on a new device to "free users" from their smartphones with artificial intelligence as its main tool.

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The new phones AI would be able to perform many tasks as though it were the user, including "book appointments or respond to emails and text messages on its own". It's being described as an AI-powered device with a design that "sounds a bit like the sci-fi movie Her". This could also be the company's last attempt to break into the consumer electronics market. "If I can get to the point where your phone is a virtual version of you, you can be off enjoying your life, having that dinner, without touching your phone, and you can trust your phone to do things on your behalf", he stated. However, the latest piece of information has hinted that the manufacturer could be working on a second handset, but expect it to be quite different from its first product.

One of the sources adds that Essential is aiming to have a prototype of the phone finished by the end of 2018 and may show it off to industry partners at CES 2019 in January.

In the past year, the company has been clouded by sexual harassment allegations involving Rubin's time at Google.

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