Today is the day when Andy Rubin finally revealed what his ambitious Essential project has to offer. The Android co-founder launched a slew of Essential-branded devices including the Essential Phone, magnetic mods, and a 360-degree camera. The company also introduced an intelligent home speaker that takes on the likes of Google Home and Amazon Echo. The speaker runs on an independent OS, developed by Andy Rubin and his team.The intelligent speaker system with an integrated circular display, dubbed as the Essential Home, runs on Ambient OS. The speaker ‘activates’ with a tap, a question or even by looking at it, as Rubin explains. Certainly, the display on the home speaker makes it bit unique at the moment. Though the speaker also offers quite a few features that are available on Google Home and Amazon Echo. Also Read - Microsoft OneDrive update brings photo editing tools and other improvements
The Essential Home lets you control music and lights while it can also answer the questions you throw at it. What is different is that Rubin promises that his intelligent speaker puts privacy and security first. Unlike others, the Ambient OS assistant doesn’t anticipate your needs from usage pattern. Rather, it offers limited suggestion and leaves the authority to decide with the users itself. Also Read - Beware! This new iOS bug breaks WiFi on iPhones: Here's a quick fix for it
“Our goal is to work with all your favorite devices such as smart light bulbs, security cameras and music systems and let you have complete control of your home. We want to support the devices that you already own and use. Plus, being an open and extensible platform makes it easy to add new ones,” the company explains on its website. ALSO READ: Andy Rubin: His journey from founding Danger Inc, creating Android, to the Essential phone Also Read - PUBG New State receives over 17 million pre-registrations as closed alpha testing ends
According to The Verge, the Ambient OS becomes a sort of “API” to all the devices and appliances installed in the home and allows new kinds of applications to exist on top of them Essential Home. It is promised to protect privacy and data of its users by bypassing the cloud whenever possible and store everything locally.
“We designed Essential Home to directly talk to your devices over your in-home network as much as possible in order to limit sending data to the cloud. Essential Home’s proactive assistant also runs its AI engine locally on the device.,” reads the Essential Home information page.