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October 12, 2018

But the handset turned out to be a huge disappointment in terms of actual sales, prompting speculation that the company would perish, in spite of enormous interest from investors.

Essential, a smartphone manufacturing brand from Android creator Andy Rubin, has so far launched only one device - Essential Phone PH-1. Or so Rubin seems to think.

Essential could show a prototype off as early as January at CES. The object of the unnamed Essential device is to answer emails and texts for you, to essentially replicate you while you spend time doing other things. It'd also have a built-in AI that would learn you and call and email and text on your behalf.

People familiar with Rubin's plans shared details about the handset with Bloomberg.

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According to the report, the design of the upcoming smartphone is not like the standard phone that we've seen seeing. It would have a small screen and require users to interact mainly using voice commands, in concert with Essential's artificial-intelligence software.

The concept of this AI phone sounds futuristic and inspired from sci-fi movies, and Andy Rubin says he wants "capture people's imagination with a product that's truly different from alternatives".

According to Bloomberg, Essential has set aside its smart speaker plans and is instead working on a new type of phone.

But Google is also working on features that replicate the user for Android. This is similar to services being tested by Google, such as smart response on Gmail and the Duplex AI agent launching on the new Pixel phones. People familiar with the matter told Bloomberg that the company has set aside work on a smart speaker and a follow-up to its first smartphone released a year ago, in order to focus on the AI device. Basically, to untether device owners from their handset.

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