Essential’s next phone could use AI to manage your life

Essential’s next phone could use AI to manage your life

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 previous year.

Now, a report from Bloomberg suggests that the company is putting most of its projects aside and is instead focusing on developing a new kind of phone based on the artificial intelligence technology.

Bloomberg device that 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 idea is for the product to book appointments or respond to emails and text messages on its own, according to the people familiar with the plans. It reportedly has a small screen, but will mainly be operated through voice commands.

The Bloomberg report also said that Essential had paused the development of a planned home speaker to start working on the upcoming handset. Although Essential is yet to confirm any of the aforementioned speculations, Rubin did drop a hint about such a device past year in an interview with Bloomberg. 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.

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Would you look at an AI focused Essential phone? Essential may be working on a handset that doesn't follow the expected flagship expectations, as far as design goes.

In the previous year, the company has been clouded by sexual harassment allegations involving Rubin's time at Google.

Essential has a lot to worry about here if it does end up eventually releasing the product.

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