Andy Rubin's ambitious Essential Products startup has been essentially inactive for over a year now, merely promising (and delivering) robust software support for its rookie smartphone effort, which never found the mainstream success envisioned by its creator.
We know that the Essential Phone didn't get all the love or the attention it deserved and therefore were not getting a PH2. And that might not be happening anymore after the failure of its first product.
On top of that, the device is reportedly being designed as a companion gadget that works together with a traditional smartphone instead trying to serve as a full-on replacement for most people.
Andy Rubin, who helped create the Android operating system that Google acquired in 2005, is said to be working on an AI-powered device meant to fight the smartphone addiction he once helped foster.
The company is reportedly working on a phone that uses AI to mimic the user and automatically respond to messages for them, according to Bloomberg.
The idea obviously sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie, but with Google building products like Duplex that can automatically call people for you, we may not even need a product that's entirely focused on such features. Citing sources familiar with the company's plans, the report said that the handset will have a small display and be controlled primarily using voice commands.
Essential could show a prototype off as early as January at CES.