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Andy Rubin’s Essential is shutting down

The Essential phone was never really essential for consumers.

What you need to know Essential, the company behind the Essential phone is shutting down. The firm says that it had “no clear path” to deliver its next handset to consumers. The firm had previously teased the Essential Phone 2, an exceptionally tall and skinny phone as “Project Gem.”

Essential, the company founded by one-time Android creator Andy Rubin, is now closing its doors for good. The firm  [Read More…]

Andy Rubin was reportedly paid $9 million to leave his own venture firm

Rubin left Playground in late-May earlier this year.

What you need to know A new report reveals that Andy Rubin was paid $ 9 million to leave Playground Global back in May. Playground Global is a venture firm that Rubin founded In 2015. Rubin “no longer has any economic interest in or any ongoing roles at Playground Global or the related funds.”

Earlier this week, Essential founder — and Android creator — Andy Rubin found himself in the  [Read More…]

Andy Rubin teases wild new smartphone design on Twitter

It’s tall but skinny.

Andy Rubin on Tuesday teased… something. The Android co-founder Tweeted images of a wild new smartphone concept that looks ready for your pocket. Is it the Essential Phone 2? Is it something completely different? We don’t really know. All we know now is that it looks weird.

New UI for radically different formfactor pic.twitter.com/Es8hFrTuxx

— Andy Rubin (@Arubin) October 8, 2019

Rubin called the device a “radically different form factor” with  [Read More…]

Unsealed court documents accuse Andy Rubin of running a ‘sex ring’

Andy Rubin made payments of hundreds of thousands of dollars for a string of affairs.

What you need to know A civil complaint filed by Rie Hirabaru Rubin says Andy Rubin conspired to defraud her by not revealing his sources of income. Rubin also conspired to defraud Rie Rubin by making her sign a prenuptial agreement under false pretenses. The lawsuit alleges Andy Rubin had at least five mistresses and was operating a sex ring.

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Google CEO announces new action plan following Andy Rubin fiasco

Google says it’ll be more transparent and responsible going forward.

The last couple of weeks haven’t been great ones for Google. A New York Times report in late October claimed that Google had paid Andy Rubin $ 90 million as an “exit package” following reports of sexual harassment from 2013. This was followed by a company-wide walkout earlier in the month, and following all of that, CEO Sundar Pichai is finally responding.

Pichai sent out an email  [Read More…]

Essential Phone 2 reportedly canceled, Andy Rubin considering selling the company [Update]

More than $ 100 million was used to develop Essential’s first products.

Updated 6:51 PM — Following Bloomberg‘s report, Andy Rubin has since taken to Twitter with the following message: “We always have multiple products in development at the same time and we embrace canceling some in favor of the ones we think will be bigger hits. We are putting all of our efforts towards our future, game-changing products, which include mobile and home products.”

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Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone is ready to ship in seven days

The Essential Phone is finally ready to go out to customers.

Andy Rubin’s smartphone startup Essential announced last week that it secured $ 300 million in funding from the likes of Amazon and Tencent Holdings. The company also said that it would reveal the release date for the device, and Essential is now sending out emails to customers that have registered interest in the device, stating that their unit will ship in seven days:

Great news,  [Read More…]

Andy Rubin’s Essential secures funding from Amazon, promises Phone release date

Essential gets more funding to help bring its devices to market.

Essential, Android creator Andy Rubin’s smartphone startup, announced its phone earlier this year but has yet to say when it will actually become available. In the time since, the company has announced retail partners and exclusive carriers for each region, including Sprint in the U.S. and TELUS in Canada. Now, the company announced it secured investment funding from a few investment giants, including Amazon and Tencent Holdings.

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Are you buying into the hype of Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone?

The Essential Phone has plenty going for it, but without wireless charging, water resistance, and a headphone jack, is it something you’d consider?

The Essential Phone — is it really that essential? And with Android smartphones seemingly generating more buzz than ever before, does Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone have a chance against the current crop of competition?

If you’re wondering what we’re even talking about here, take a quick gander at some of what’s promised with the  [Read More…]

Watch Andy Rubin talk about the new Essential Phone tonight at 9 p.m. ET

One of the pioneers of the smartphone revolution is on stage tonight.

Andy Rubin’s new company Essential has finally opened up for everyone to see what it’s been up to, dropping details on both the Essential Phone and Essential Home. Coinciding with the product launches, Rubin will be on stage for an interview with Walt Mossberg at the Code Conference tonight.

Rubin is scheduled to be on at 6 p.m. PT / 9 p.m. ET tonight — and it’s  [Read More…]