Earlier this year, a report claimed Andy Rubin was making a high-end smartphone which he expects to challenge current technology flagships from Google and Apple. Rubin has finally revealed what he and his company Essential are working on, a new smartphone that lacks a surrounding bezel, and although we haven’t gotten a clear view yet, this will definitely looks amazing.
Rubin teased the device on Twitter, saying he’s “really excited” about how the device is shaping up.
I’m really excited about how this is shaping up. Eager to get it in more people’s hands… pic.twitter.com/LRzQCFSKTm
— Andy Rubin (@Arubin) March 27, 2017
Aside from the bezel-less design, the image shows a button on the right side, probably might be a power button. Not much else can be confirmed about the phone from this teaser. Rubin’s twitter message simply stated, “I’m really excited about how this is shaping up. Eager to get it in more people’s hands…”
Previous rumors about the phone state that it would have an edge-to-edge display and also it would have a way to gain new hardware features over time via a magnetic proprietary connector that will serve both as a battery charging port as well as a way for first and third parties to add hardware accessories that will connect to this phone. Also, Rubin and his 40-person team are reportedly testing a number of prototypes, one of which is said to feature a pressure-sensitive screen, metal edges, and a ceramic back.
It’s nice to know that the co-creator of Android is working on a smartphone, with prototypes now being tested, perhaps Rubin will share more details soon.
Andy Rubin (born 1963) is an American computer programmer, engineer, entrepreneur, and venture capitalist. He is the co-founder and former CEO of Android Inc. Andy and his wife, Rie, also own and operate Voyageur du Temps, a bakery in Los Altos, CA.
After Android was acquired by Google in 2005, Rubin became the company’s Senior Vice President of Mobile and Digital Content until March 2013. On 13 March 2013, Larry Page announced in a blog post that Rubin had moved from the Android division to take on new projects at Google. He was replaced by Sundar Pichai, who now serves as Google’s CEO. In December 2013, Rubin started management of the robotics division of Google (which includes companies bought by Google, such as Boston Dynamics). On 30 October 2014 he left Google after nine years at the company to start an incubator for hardware startups.