2020 Android Essential

Andy Rubin’s Essential is shutting down

It’s been almost 3 years since Andy Rubin and his company, Essential launched their first device. And now just a few months after announcing their latest project, Essential is shutting down.

Essential broke the news in a blog post and said that their Essential Phone (PH-1) won’t be getting any future software updates apart from the recent February security update.

Essential Phone colours

The company notes that PH-1 devices will still work but no additional updates or customer support will be available.

Back in October 2019, the company revealed Project Gem, which was a new type of Android-based device.

Essential’s Project Gem

The company hasn’t said exactly why they’re shutting down other than saying, “Despite our best efforts, we’ve now taken Gem as far as we can and regrettably have no clear path to deliver it to customers.”

Even though Essential’s Project Gem didn’t come to fruition, the company did show off these videos of the project as a parting gift.

Source: Essential


By Sachin Bahal

Sachin is the editor-in-chief of TheCanadianTechie, a site he started in 2012 to become the ultimate, independent source for tech enthusiasts or “techies”. He is a versatile writer with a passion for technology and loves to write about gaming, entertainment, tech and more.

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