Andy Rubin back at Essential after being away for less than two weeks

Just before the end of last month, Android co-founder Andy Rubin took a leave of absence from his latest corporate vehicle Essential. According to a report from The Information, Rubin had left Google back in 2014 after complaints about an “inappropriate” relationship with a female Googler led to a investigation. Rubin allegedly failed to follow Google policy that prevents supervisors and subordinates from having a relationship. No, this wasn’t a case of sexual harassment, but Google did close its investigation by stating that Rubin’s behavior was “improper and showed bad judgment.”

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Andy Rubin apologizes for Essential's privacy gaffe

You might remember our previous report about a possible phishing scam that Essential might have fallen victim a few days ago. Some customers who pre-order the Essential Phone received an email that asked for sensitive information like pictures of an ID and address.

Well, it appears that there was no hacking involved in the privacy issue, but rather a huge mistake from Essential’s part. According to Andy Rubin, the reason some customers received those mails asking for personal data was an email account gone rogue.

It appears that the company made an error …

Andy Rubin plans to bring the Essential Phone to the UK, Europe and Japan

You didn’t think Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone will be exclusively available in the United States, did you? Even though the company behind the quirky smartphone hasn’t yet come forward with an official statement to confirm its expanded availability, Financial Times reports the Essential Phone will be released in many other countries.

Apparently, Andy Rubin’s company negotiated the release of the Essential Phone in the UK with local carriers. Last week, Essential execs held talks with EE and other UK network operators to find a suitable time frame for the launch the …

Andy Rubin's Essential Phone is running late

Back in May, when the Essential phone was unveiled, Android co-creator Andy Rubin said that the device would ship within the next 30-days. Well folks, 30-days has come and 30-days has gone without any units shipped. The phone is available for pre-orders from Sprint, which will have the U.S. exclusive of the handset. The unlocked version of the Android flavored model will work with each of the country’s top four stateside carriers. The price? $699.  

The Essential phone features an edge-to-edge screen, and will ship with a brand new virtual assistant, thus far unnamed. The device comes …

It is real: a hands-on with the Essential Phone, presented by Andy Rubin

So, the Essential Phone was just revealed yesterday and it has some cool things going on about it. Titanium and ceramc build, a 360-degree accessory camera, an all-screen front, so on and so forth — it’s definitely a head-turner. But we didn’t get to see any live footage of the handset, just renders.

Today, Essential founder Andy Rubin sat down with Recode to show and talk about the product he is so proud of. He discusses the titanium build, the magnetic connector on the back, why the Essential modules might be better than the Moto Mods, the 360-degree camera, and other tidbits.

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Andy Rubin's Essential Phone should be released next month, will feature a new digital assistant

Officially announced earlier today, Andy Rubin’s Essential smartphone is undoubtedly one of the most interesting handsets we’ve seen in recent years. The phone is partially made out of titanium (which provides extra toughness), sports a 5.7-inch near-bezel-less display with 1312 x 2560 pixels, and is powered by Qualcomm’s mighty Snapdragon 835 processor – certainly, this device will go head to head with all the relevant flagships of 2017.

While the Essential Phone can already be reserved in the US, an exact release date for it hasn’t been provided. Fortunately, …

First Essential smartphone (developed by Andy Rubin) could be announced next week

Ex-Google chief engineer and entrepreneur Andy Rubin, seen by many as the father of Android, will soon announce a brand new high-end smartphone that’s supposed to compete with the likes of Apple iPhone and Google Pixel.

The new smartphone is developed under the umbrella of an equally new company founded by Rubin and called Essential. Today, Essential announced – via its first Tweet ever – that “something big is coming May 30th.” It’s very likely that the company will officially showcase its first handset on this date, especially since Andy Rubin already revealed …

Andy Rubin's Essential Android smartphone spotted on GFXBench

The so-called father of Android, Andy Rubin, has been working on a high-end Android handset that is expected to take on top shelf models like the Apple iPhone and the Google Pixel. We recently got a partial look at the phone, and it also was benchmarked on Geekbench. Today, the phone was spotted on the GFX Bench website.

The Essential FIH-PM1 (the name of the company producing the device is called Essential Products) will have a screen rumored to be 5.5-inches. According to GFXBench, the display carries a resolution of 1312 x 2560. This produces an aspect ratio of 80:41 compared to the 82:41 …

Andy Rubin's Essential phone runs Android, according to Eric Schmidt

To be fair, we’re not sure that anyone on Earth expected that the first smartphone from Andy Rubin’s new venture would be anything but Android, but now we do have confirmation. Andy Rubin created the Android OS (not to mention the original Sidekick!) but eventually Rubin left Google because he wanted new adventures. After some time working on robots, Rubin’s new project is a smartphone and that phone will run Android. 

Google’s Eric Schmidt tweeted the confirmation that Rubin’s Essential phone will run Android while linking to Rubin’s tweet that teased the near bezel-less …

SoftBank reportedly pulls funding for Andy Rubin's new flagship phone; replacement funds found?

Back in January, the man called “the father of Android,” Andy Rubin, was rumored to be bringing a new smartphone into the world. The device was said to be a high-end flagship that would challenge the Apple iPhone and Google Pixel handsets. The phone, which would be released through a Rubin-started firm called Essential Products Inc., is said to carry a bezel-less pressure sensitive screen measuring more than 5.5-inches. It also will support “modular” accessories similar to the Moto Z line.

Just a day later, a device with the name Essential FIH-PM1 appeared on Geekbench. Powered by Android …