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

12 October, 2018, 21:19 | Author: Rafael Roberts
  • Essential is reportedly working on a 'new kind of phone' with a mind of its own

The report also mentions that the design of this new smartphone won't look like any other smartphone on the market It's going to have a small display, and will require the user to interact with the phone, largely using their voice. But the plans of the Essential company launching a new smartphone is not dead yet. This new Essential-branded phone is said to "mimic a user" and will auto-respond to messages, cutting the amount of effort one has to make by to usually reply to any kind of message using a handset.

Essential, the smartphone maker started by Android creator Andy Rubin, is turning its focus to creating a new AI-based phone that can manage basic tasks on behalf of the user.

"You can enjoy life, when having dinner without touching your phone, and you can trust your phone to do something on your behalf", said Rubin.

The company paused development of a planned home speaker, months after canceling a different smartphone that had been in the works, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the details are private. All other projects, including the second generation of the Essential Phone and "smart" column, were stopped because they differed little from those already on the market. "I think I can solve part of the addictive behavior". Essentially (no pun intended), he wants to turn phone owners into characters in the movie Her. And yet, the alleged sources close to Rubin say that the objective of this gadget is to help us cut on our screen time, because we are very bad humans and we use too much Instagram and don't play enough with our dogs, cats or children. The person said the company may show off the device to industry partners as soon as January at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the same venue where it talked up its original phone past year.



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