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Essential Lays Off A Third Of Its Workforce, A Bad Sign For Future Products

28 days ago   |   By Inquisitr

The Essential phone never had a chance at commercial success, and this, despite the fact that its inventor was Andy Rubin. Among other things, his resume includes building Android, and Sidekick before that. It seemed like if anyone could break us free of the current smartphone duopoly, Andy Rubin was the one.
Essential is his latest venture. At the moment, Essential is a single handset, the first one on the market with what we think of as a notch. The phone came with a lot of big ideas that spanned well beyond handsets. It seemed like Rubin had everything he needed to make a real run of...
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Essential circles the drain, lays off 30 percent of staff

Essential circles the drain, lays off 30 percent of staff

28 days ago   |   By Ars Technica

Enlarge / The Essential Phone and 360 camera.
Things aren't looking good for Essential, Andy Rubin's smartphone startup. After announcing it was cancelling its next smartphone earlier this year, the company will now lay off 30 percent of its staff, according to a report from Bloomberg .
Essential produced a pretty good product for its first-ever smartphone. The Essential Phone had a unique ceramic body, pioneered the notch design trend, and shipped with stock Android. Essential's update support has also been great-besides consistent monthly security updates, it delivered an update to...
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