Android creator is said to build AI phone that texts for you

Alfred Osborne
October 12, 2018

It reportedly has a small screen, but will mainly be operated through voice commands. It has even shelved plans to make a different handset and a smart speaker earlier this year for this, as reported. The phone is an AI phone (of course) that can respond to emails, book appointments, and send text messages on its own.

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. "If I can get to the point where your phone is a virtual version of you, you can be off enjoying your life, having that dinner, without touching your phone, and you can trust your phone to do things on your behalf", he stated.

According to a new report from Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, 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.

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Image: Google has launched a new OS system for its Google Pixel devices called Android 9 or Android Pie. This time, some more details about the smartphone have been revealed by "people familiar with the matter" in a Bloomberg report. Essential may be working on a handset that doesn't follow the expected flagship expectations, as far as design goes.

So, now that's Essential's growing pains are out of the way, the company seems ripe for a successful followup - right? Rubin denied claims of sexual misconduct and took a brief leave of absence from Essential last November. Instead, Bloomberg's report says, it will be amn AI-powered device that will provide the functions of Google Duplex mixed with a bit of Alexa.

One of the sources adds that Essential is aiming to have a prototype of the phone finished by the end of 2018 and may show it off to industry partners at CES 2019 in January.

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