Essential turns focus to AI-driven phone with virtual agent

Essential is reportedly working on a 'new kind of phone' with a mind of its own

Essential's Next Phone Reportedly Different Than Any Other

It reportedly has a small screen, but will mainly be operated through voice commands. Think of it as an AI-powered device with a tiny screen that is supposed to reply to your text messages as it was you and make calls on your behalf.Credit: Brian Ach/Getty ImagesThe Essential Phone PH-1 was a handsome disaster that nobody wanted to buy and even less people knew about. The phone will have AI built-in to automatically get real-world tasks done for the user, including things like replying to texts, booking appointments, responding to emails, and more.

Making smartphones is hard, and despite having one of the best pedigrees in the business, Andy Rubin's company stumbled out of the gate when it launched the Essential PH-1 past year. There were reports of a home speaker in the making but it was canceled as well. A second Essential smartphone was scrapped as it was found too similar to other devices already on the market. "Rubin would like to capture people's imagination with a product that's truly different from alternatives", Bloomberg says.

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In an interview with Bloomberg past year, Rubin suggested a benevolent incentive for embarking on a project along these lines. "I think I can solve part of the addictive behavior".

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Andy Rubin's beleaguered phone startup Essential is rumored to be working on a phone that is anything but your standard flagship.

CEO Andy Rubin, who created Android, told Bloomberg previous year that he longed for a phone that'd be "a virtual version of you", so that you could be "off enjoying your life, having that dinner" without touching your phone.

One of the sources adds that Essential is aiming to have a prototype of the phone finished by the end of 2018 and may show it off to industry partners at CES 2019 in January.

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