Published: Fri, October 12, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

AI phone to text, mail people following voice commands

AI phone to text, mail people following voice commands

Previously there were reports about the company working on its second smartphone as well as a smart home speaker. This would have a smaller than standard screen, according to "people familiar with the plans" quoted by Bloomberg's very well-connected Mark Gurman, relying mainly on voice commands for a type of user interaction only possible in sci-fi movies prior to this product's development.

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Furthermore, Essential plans to market the device as a companion to your primary phone, or as a phone for people who want to curb their smartphone addiction. The Essential Phone was delayed and the Essential Phone 2 was reportedly canceled. It might also help in solving "part of the (smartphone) addictive behavior".

CEO Andy Rubin, who created Android, told Bloomberg past year that he longed for a phone that'd be "a virtual version of you", so that you could be "off enjoying your life, having that dinner" without touching your phone.

Although novel, the concept faces many practical challenges.

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There is still a lot that we do not know about the upcoming Essential Phone and we do not even know how far along the company is when it comes to development. Rubin denied claims of sexual misconduct and took a brief leave of absence from Essential last November.

Now, a report from Bloomberg suggests that the company is putting most of its projects aside and is instead focusing on developing a new kind of phone based on the artificial intelligence technology.

By the time Essential chose to put the home-speaker project on hold, it had already lost key engineers working on the project amid disagreements over the prospects for launching such an ambitious device.

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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