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Android Co-Founder Andy Rubin's Essential Team Reportedly Building AI-Powered Smartphone

12 October 2018

This new Essential-branded phone is said to "mimic a user" and will auto-respond to messages, cutting the amount of effort one has to make by to usually reply to any kind of message using a handset. This would have a smaller than standard screen, according to "people familiar with the plans" quoted by Bloomberg's very well-connected Mark Gurman, relying mainly on voice commands for a type of user interaction only possible in sci-fi movies prior to this product's development. Rubin would like to capture people's imagination with a product that's truly different from alternatives. A spokeswoman for Essential declined to comment. It seems that the concept of your phone being a virtual version of you can become true and let you enjoy several activities without the need to have your device in your hands.

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Image: Google has launched a new OS system for its Google Pixel devices called Android 9 or Android Pie. The Palo Alto, California-based company started selling a product called the Essential Phone a year ago, to great fanfare for pioneering an edge-to-edge design before the iPhone X. Since the release of the first Essential Phone and Apple's premium product, many phone makers have followed.

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So, now that's Essential's growing pains are out of the way, the company seems ripe for a successful followup - right? Instead, Bloomberg's report says, it will be amn AI-powered device that will provide the functions of Google Duplex mixed with a bit of Alexa.

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Essential is expected to show the device off as early as CES 2019 in January, with the first prototype expected to be finished by the end of this year.

Android Co-Founder Andy Rubin's Essential Team Reportedly Building AI-Powered Smartphone