Android co-creator’s telephone firm Essential to shut

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Essential PhoneImage copyright Essential
Image caption Essential solely launched one handset

Essential, the telephone firm launched by Android co-founder Andy Rubin, has introduced its closure.

Established in 2015, it had deliberate to launch a number of telephones, a sensible home speaker and its personal working system.

But it solely ended up releasing one handset, the Essential Phone, and some equipment for it.

It had been engaged on an uncommon super-slim smartphone known as Gem however stated in a press release that it had “no clear path forward” to ship it.

Image copyright Essential
Image caption Essential was engaged on a slim telephone known as Project Gem

“Our vision was to invent a mobile computing paradigm that more seamlessly integrated with people’s lifestyle needs,” the corporate stated in a press release.

“Despite our best efforts, we’ve now taken Gem as far as we can and regrettably have no clear path to deliver it to customers. Given this, we have made the difficult decision to cease operations and shut down Essential.”

The closure of the corporate means the Essential Phone will now not obtain any software program safety updates.

However, the corporate has shared its software program on coding website Github so builders can “keep hacking” the machine.

Essential’s cross-platform electronic mail software program, Newton Mail, can be discontinued in April.