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The iPhone 8 will kill the bezel for good. What happens next?

2017 has been a wonderful year for smartphone design – and more specifically, killing the bezel. After Xiaomi made waves with last year’s Mi Mix, LG and Samsung both had own takes on maximizing screen real estate – no to mention Andy Rubin’s new Essential phone.<p>Then there’s the iPhone 8 (or …

IPhone 8

Essential claims its dual-camera system will capture superior photographs

Using both color and black-and-white images<p>Android co-founder Andy Rubin’s Essential is poised to ship its flagship smartphone sometime in August, after a somewhat nebulous few weeks in which eager consumers and media organizations alike pestered the company about the unexplained shipping delay. …

Photography

Google hires Liron Damir, head of UX at Andy Rubin's Essential, to lead UX for Google Home

Google Home

Pebble and Essential designer Liron Damir joins Google to work on Home products

Liron Damir, Pebble’s former VP of design and one of the leaders behind creating webOS for HP and LG, is heading to Google to serve as the new head of UX for Google Home, via <i>Variety</i>. Per Damir’s announcement on LinkedIn, he’ll be “lead[ing] the design of Google Home products,” in his new role at …

Google Home

Essential's head of UX quits to go work for Google

Andy Rubin's new tech company, Essential, hasn't had the greatest luck. After receiving a cease-and-desist from Spigen, missing its 30-day shipping …

Google Home

5 Marketing Deals Among Second Quarter AI Acquisitions

Acquisitions targeting artificial intelligence technologies continued to accelerate in the second quarter, at least in number.<p>They fell in value …

Artificial Intelligence

Today in Gear: July 26, 2017

Good morning. If it feels like the world is turning more and more into <i>iRobot</i>, that’s because it’s happening right now. Andy Rubin, creator of …

Tiffany & Co

This New Android Phone Has an Unbreakable Screen

If you often fumble with your phone, or worse, have dropped it and cracked the screen, Motorola is hoping its new phone will be for you. The company …

Phones

Sharp Aquos S2 leaks show off a bezel-less display with a fingerprint sensor underneath

One of the biggest trends so far throughout 2017 has been bezel-less displays. LG first kicked this off with the G6, Samsung followed with the Galaxy S8/S8+, and Andy Rubin’s noticeably delayed Essential Phone also debuted with this design. The latest smartphone to enter the scene with a big …

Tablets

What Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg both get wrong about AI

Artificial intelligence — software with the ability to observe, analyze, and act on its own — will play a big part in shaping our future. But will it destroy it?<p>It's a serious question, at least as far as Elon Musk is concerned. Over the past few years, he's taken a grim view of the long-term …

Elon Musk

7 things former Apple employees went on to create

iPods, iPads, iPhones and Macs… Apple’s team of engineers, designers and all-round tech geniuses have created some amazing, genre-defining products …

Evan Doll

Must read: top 10 Android stories

This week we reviewed the Honor 9, found out the release date for the upcoming Galaxy Note 8, took a closer look at Alexa on the HTC U11, and much more. Here’s the news of the week!<p>Who wants to win a Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus?<p>With its 18.5:9 Infinity Display and impressive 12 MP camera, the Galaxy S8 …

Amazon Alexa

Essential Phone Delays are Pushing it Dangerously Close to 2017's Fiercest Competition

Essential Phone Delays are Pushing it Dangerously Close to 2017’s Fiercest Competition<p>Anyone who knows the smartphone market knows that there are two …

Mobile Development

Andy Rubin says Essential Phone will be available 'in a few weeks'

Smartphone startup Essential is headed by Android founder Andy Rubin, but that doesn't mean it's immune from delays. After promising to launch the …

Andy Rubin’s Essential says its phone will be available ‘in a few weeks’

The hype for the first smartphone from Andy Rubin’s Essential startup was high following its reveal, but many have been disappointed that the phone has missed shipping goals. Originally, the phone was supposed to be available within 30 days, but that deadline has long since passed. Today, Rubin is …

Andy Rubin says the Essential Phone will be released “in a few weeks”

It looks like the wait for the Essential Phone to be released is coming to an end soon.<p>When a phone launches, the expectation is that it’ll be …

The new smartphone from the creator of Android may start shipping in a few weeks

Essential, the new startup from Android creator Andy Rubin, announced on Friday that it's close to shipping its new smartphone.<p>In an email to potential customers who signed up for information on the device, Rubin says it'll start shipping "in a few weeks." Essential later tweeted the update as well.<p>…

Mobile Technology

Essential Phone US deliveries kick off 'in a few weeks' | Pocketnow

Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone, probably the most highly anticipated mobile device from a startup company since 2014’s OnePlus One, is.. still nowhere …

Technology

Andy Rubin's overhyped and underdelivered Essential phone out 'in a few weeks'

After months of hype and missed deadlines, it seems as though Andy Rubin's new smartphone might actually make it onto the market.<p>The Android …

Essential Phone is coming "in a few weeks" after certification delay

A deadline apparently isn't essential to the Essential Phone.<p>Andy Rubin's bizarre, bezel-less Essential Phone went up for order at the end of May. It …

Mobile Technology

Have you lost interest in Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone? [Poll]

The Android community became extremely excited when Andy Rubin, the founder of the Android operating system, announced that his latest startup, Essential, was building a phone. Even before anything was known about the device, there was an enormous amount of hype around the handset just because …

Essential Phone will be released 'in a few weeks'

Back in May when Andy Rubin officially unveiled the Essential Phone, he said the plan was to start shipping the phone in 30 days. Unfortunately, that …

Phones

The wait will soon be over: Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone coming in a “few weeks”

Andy Rubin’s Essential was supposed to ship out the Essential Phone earlier this month, but that time came and passed. In an email sent to potential customers, however, the Android co-creator confirmed the phone will make its debut “in a few weeks.”<p>According to Rubin, the Essential Phone is …

Mobile Technology

SoftBank begins Vision Fund investments with West Coast tech

SoftBank has announced almost half a billion dollars’ worth of tech investments in a diverse group of companies ranging from robotics to farming, as …

Softbank

Bixby-powered speaker may not be revealed after all — report

We have heard quite a few rumors about the Bixby-powered speaker over the last month or so, which was expected to take on the Amazon Echo and Google Home, just to name a few. However, it now looks like Samsung may have had a sudden change of heart, as it might not release the device after …

Samsung

Essential’s first smartphone is coming to the UK

The first phone from Android creator Andy Rubin's new company, Essential, is coming to the UK. As the <i>Financial Times</i> reports, the startup is holding talks with a number of British carriers, including EE, about a potential exclusivity deal. It seems nothing has been decided beyond an "imminent" …

Mobile Technology

Andy Rubin’s Essential rocked with executive departures as UK carrier launch rumored

With Essential already missing Andy Rubin’s self-appointed June ship date, the ambitious startup has been hit with major executive departures. Essential’s VP of marketing left on Friday, while its head of communications left earlier this month. In other news, the company is reportedly in talks with …

Essential plans smartphone launch in UK, Europe and Japan

The new smartphone developed by the founder of Google’s Android platform will be launched in Britain this year after the start-up company held talks …

Mobile Technology

The Essential Phone is reportedly coming to Japan, the UK, and other European countries

US launch is ‘imminent,’ says Essential’s COO<p>The Essential Phone may not have hit its June release date in the US, but Andy Rubin’s new smartphone company is already setting its sights beyond the States. Per a new report in the <i>Financial Times</i><i>,</i> Essential executives are already working to launch the …

Mobile Technology

A new smartphone from the man who created Android is reportedly coming to the UK

Essential, the startup founded by Android creator Andy Rubin, is reportedly bringing its first smartphone to the UK later this year.<p>According to The Financial Times, Essential has been in discussions with UK carriers on a deal to launch the phone here. One potential partner is EE. It's also …

Mobile Technology