Android cofounder gets serious about OEM startup, teases new device

Enlarge / Andy Rubin’s new smartphone looks pretty good. (credit: Andy Rubin)

Android Inc. cofounder and former CEO Andy Rubin has taken to Twitter to tease a new slim-bezeled smartphone. This is the first device we’ve seen from Rubin’s new startup, called “Essential.”

The details on Essential came out in a January report from Bloomberg. The report said Rubin is currently building consumer hardware company, starting with a “40-person team, filled with recruits from Apple Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google.” The company is still in stealth mode, but when it goes public, Rubin will be announced as the CEO, according to the report.

Bloomberg described Rubin’s company as “A platform company designed to tie multiple devices together,” and in addition to a smart home product, “the centerpiece of the system is a high-end smartphone with a large edge-to-edge screen that lacks a surrounding bezel.” The phone part certainly seems spot on after this picture. The report claimed the device would leverage “artificial intelligence” somehow, and said it would come with a magnetic modular connector.

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Source:: Arstechnica – Gadgets