Essential Home revealed to take on Amazon Echo and Google's assistant

31 May, 2017, 00:38 | Author: Cecelia Webb
  • Android inventor to launch N250k phone this week

Andy Rubin, the man who gave us Android, has a new project and it's not a new operating system.

Headphone Jack the new item is there, but because it will be equipped with a special adapter.

No software details have been released yet, beyond that this phone will run Android.

The back of the phone is ceramic and the front is covered in Gorilla Glass 5. The Essential will not be adorned with any ugly logos, and you should expect it to run on something very close to stock Android-a relief for everyone who is exhausted of third-party skins. Despite its thinness and being very lightweight, the handset appears to be quite sturdy thanks to its titanium body, which Essential Products Inc. claims to be more resilient than aluminum, as pointed out by TechCrunch.

Also in the works is a smart-home device called Essential Home. In terms of connectivity, the Essential Phone supports USB-C, Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 5.0.

Obviously, the goal is for Essential to come up with additional add-ons, they just haven't announced those plans yet. "That's why you won't find an area for phone cases on our site". So, for instance, it'll be able to "notify you when you need to leave early to make an important meeting, or even if you're about to forget that special anniversary". It comes in four colors, Black Moon, Stellar Gray, Pure White and Ocean Depths. The product is similar in scope to the Google Home and Amazon Echo, but its small size probably means Essential sees it as more digital assistant than speaker. The basics are all there: You can control the smart devices in your home, you can play music from it, you can get news updates, and more. It will run a stock-like version of Android 7.1.1 that's created to work in conjunction with the company's Essential Home product. Essential calls the screen a "round auto-display [which] blends into any home environment while providing seamless access to multiple types of information and services".

The smart home device, which isn't yet available for pre-order, doesn't have a shipping date-nor a confirmed price.

Rubin had been teasing Essential's launch for the last five days, with a photo hiding the phone tweeted on May 25. There's definitely a wave of interest for retro phones this year, but we doubt Rubin's new phone is a blast back to the eyesore antenna days.

"Just when I was about drop another criticism it hit me: I am partly responsible for all of this", Rubin wrote.

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