Items tagged with Andy Rubin

Andy Rubin, co-founder of Android and CEO of Essential, issued an apology after his smartphone company accidentally leaked out private data from dozens of customers to other customers. What happened was sort of akin to mass emailing a large group and forgetting to BCC everyone, leaving their email addresses in plain site to one another. Only in this case, it involved more than email addresses.Image Source: Flickr (Joi Ito) "Yesterday, we made an error in our customer care function that resulted in personal information from approximately 70 customers being shared with a small group of other customers.... Read more...
Andy Rubin, one of co-founders of Android, made waves after he left Google, started a new company called Essential Products, and then announced a new smartphone called the Essential Phone. Some of those waves subsided, however, when Rubin and company failed to launch the phone on time. Now a month and a half removed from when it was originally scheduled to ship, Rubin says the Essential Phone will be out in the US in a week. The upcoming release was revealed in an email sent out to potential buyers who pre-registered to receive more information and/or pre-ordered the device. Here is the full text... Read more...
Andy Rubin has a lot riding on his Essential Phone. First announced at the end of May, it was promised that the flagship smartphone would be shipping within 30 days. Well, June has come and gone, and we’re nearly finished with July and the phone still hasn’t shipped. What’s going on? Well, Rubin is giving an update of sorts on the Essential Phone through emails being sent to all of those that preordered the device. According to the email, there are some certification hurdles with regards to domestic (U.S.) and international carriers that is slowing down the release of the smartphone. Rubin goes... Read more...
If you have had your eyes on Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone, we might have some bad news to bring you this morning. It is being reported that the Essential Phone will launch as a carrier-exclusive for fourth-place U.S. wireless carrier Sprint. Now before you get your pitchforks out, let us remember that you can still purchase the Essential Phone direct from Essential, and it will work on all four major wireless carriers. However, for those that don’t want to drop $700 on a brand-new smartphone all at once, your only bet is to get one from Sprint where you will be able to take advantage of any special... Read more...
Are you tired of the current smartphone offerings from the Apple-Samsung duopoly? Andy Rubin, the creator of Google’s Android, may have the right product for you. His startup just introduced its new premium-tier device, the Essential Phone. Rubin recently remarked at the Wired conference, “I think when there's this duopoly with these two guys owning 40 percent of the market, this complacency sets in. And that's the perfect time to start a company with this. Some people are complacent and it needs to be disrupted.” Much like third-place U.S. wireless carrier T-Mobile and its brash CEO John Legere... Read more...
Android co-founder Andy Rubin has returned to the spotlight with his new company, Essential, and he’s making waves with the official unveil of his Essential Phone. This is a true flagship smartphone that is powered by the Android operating system (near-stock, of course) and packs in all the latest hardware and a clean, industrial design. The chiseled frame is constructed of titanium and ceramic materials, which should enable it to be more durable than its aluminum-clad competition. Essential proudly displays how an iPhone or Samsung Galaxy aluminum unibody frames will show visible damage (pitting)... Read more...
Once again, Andy Rubin, the co-creator of Android and former boss of Google's Android division has taken to Twitter in order to tease a smartphone being developed at Essential, a new company he started last year. Essential joined Twitter in November 2016 and has just two tweets, both of which were posted in the past 24 hours "to let you know something big is coming May 30th." We heard you @renan_batista - here's something to hold you over until next week: pic.twitter.com/QSIeXyjKNq — Essential (@essential) May 25, 2017 The most recent tweet shows a darkened image of a smartphone with an odd protrusion... Read more...
Andy Rubin, the co-creator of Android and former boss of Google's Android division, is making progress on his new venture. He announced in January that he was starting a new company, Essential, and planned to released a high-end smartphone infused to the core with artificial intelligence. He also said it would feature a large edge-to-edge to display. Well, he provided the public with the first glimpse of the new smartphone, or at least part of it. All that is visible in the photo he posted to Twitter is the corner section of the handset. However, that's enough to tease the bezel-less display, along... Read more...
The mobile market is flooded with smartphone makers, many of which are focused on Android handsets. Does it really need another one? That's up for debate, though if there's one person you'd want to see make a run at building Android phones, it would be Andy Rubin, who co-founded Android before it was purchased by Google. It may happen.Known as the father of Android, word on the web is that Rubin has been talking about starting up a new phone company. Citing "people in the mobile industry," The Informant says Rubin has even tried recruiting talent for the proposed outfit, though no specific names... Read more...
In addition to new device announcements and technology reveals, some interesting revelations are coming out of the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona this week. One of those is the number of Android activations that occur on a daily basis. According to Andy Rubin, Senior Vice President of Mobile at Google who oversees the development of Android, fans of the open-source platform are activating more than 850,000 devices every day. "There are over 450,000 applications in Android Market. Some of the developers who built these apps are showing their latest and greatest in the Android stand. But... Read more...
Watch out team iOS, because the Android army is getting stronger by the day. We're not talking just a few hundred devices either, or even a few thousand. Try 500,000 new Android activations every 24 hours. What's more, Google says that number is climbing. "There are now over 500,000 Android devices activated every day, and it's growing at 4.4 percent w/w," Andy Rubin, Senior Vice President of Mobile at Google, announced in a Twitter post. If you think back to Google's I/O Conference last month, the sultan of search said it was activating 400,000 Android devices each day, up from 300,000 daily activations... Read more...