We know subsequent to nothing concerning the pictures you’re about to see — besides that they don’t appear to be any cellphone we’ve ever seen earlier than, and that they arrive from Andy Rubin, the controversial cell trade government who co-founded Android, left Google amid allegations of sexual misconduct whereas retaining an enormous severance bundle, and went on to create the Essential Phone. (He additionally co-created the T-Mobile Sidekick, aka Danger Hiptop, a few years in the past.)
New UI for radically completely different formfactor pic.twitter.com/Es8hFrTuxx
— Andy Rubin (@Arubin) October 8, 2019
The pictures seem to point out an elongated cellphone with a really, very tall UI composed of card-like apps, however with massive buttons that appear to be they’d be completely at dwelling on a smartwatch. It look extraordinarily small in his palms, too. The system has a big button and quantity rocker on the suitable edge and a fingerprint divot round again, beneath what seems to be a single important digital camera.
And as you may see, these units have some decidedly flashy finishes that change shade if you view them at completely different angles — a sea inexperienced that shifts to yellow and blue, for instance.
An Essential spokesperson confirmed to the The Verge that that is the corporate’s new cellphone, including: “We’ve been working on a new device that’s now in early testing with our team outside the lab. We look forward to sharing more in the near future.”
The authentic Essential Phone was identified for its flashy design, together with a sea inexperienced shade with gold accents often known as Ocean Depths. And in late 2018, Bloomberg reported that Essential was engaged on a cellphone with a smaller display that’d be managed largely by voice instructions, with an AI assistant robotically performing duties for you. In December, Essential all however confirmed it was engaged on a second cellphone.
If some leaked code snippets spotted by XDA-Developers and an Essential trademark application pan out, “GEM” may truly be the identify of the brand new cellphone, and it could activate its voice assistant if you faucet your finger to that divot round again — the code snippets point out a “fingerprint walkie talkie” mode. They additionally recommend it runs Android and level at a Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 processor, whose midrange efficiency may make sense for a tool that’s designed extra as a cell companion than changing into the digital heart of your life.
While we wait for more information, maybe you’d prefer to know extra about that robotic canine that’s lurking within the background of Rubin’s snapshots? That’s the Boston Dynamics Spot — from an organization that Andy Rubin helped Google quickly buy again in 2013, by the way in which — and we’ve received an superior video about Spot that you would be able to watch beneath.