Essential's Next Phone Will Be A Wildly Different, AI-Powered Companion

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 12, 2018

Essential, a smartphone manufacturing brand from Android creator Andy Rubin, has so far launched only one device - Essential Phone PH-1.

Apparently due to this very different approach the phone would be marketed as a product created to complement a user's existing smartphone, or one aimed at people who want to spend less time staring at a phone screen.

According to a new report from Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, the new device isn't like any other smartphone - it's created to have a small screen and uses voice commands as the main interaction point.

The Bloomberg report also said that Essential had paused the development of a planned home speaker to start working on the upcoming handset. 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.

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.

If this all sounds a bit like the sci-fi movie "Her", that's sort of by design. 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.

In the a year ago, the company has been clouded by sexual harassment allegations involving Rubin's time at Google. "I think I can solve part of the addictive behavior". As a result, Essential expects to market the product as a complement to people's smartphones or as a phone for those who want to spend less time tethered to their screens.

Essential could show a prototype off as early as January at CES.

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