The founder of Android, Andy Rubin teased his company’s first device on Monday, posting an image to Twitter and noting that he’s “really excited about how this is shaping up” and is “eager to get it in more people’s hands.”
I’m really excited about how this is shaping up. Eager to get it in more people’s hands… pic.twitter.com/LRzQCFSKTm
— Andy Rubin (@Arubin) March 27, 2017
Rubin is said to have put together a team of former Google, Apple and HTC employees to create a smartphone to compete at the top.
The image doesn’t reveal much about the specifications of the phone aside from a time, battery meter, and LTE signal. And then, there are buttons. It also appears to have an edge-to-edge that spans almost the entire front of the device. Samsung is expected to offer a similar screen on the Galaxy S8, which it will announce next week, and Apple may adopt similar technology for the iPhone 8. Report also suggests the device’s display could be pressure-sensitive like the newest iPhones’, whereas in terms of materials we’ll see a metal frame and a ceramic back.
Rubin’s company, which is called Essential may bring new waves in the smartphone industry and could potentially give Samsung and Apple their first real competitor.