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Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone to go on sale in late June; Ambient OS to follow Android’s open source philosophy

Rubin also sheds light on key issues such as fragmentation of Android and even the update rates.

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Andy Rubin, the co-founder of Android mobile operating system, earlier this week introduced the Essential line up of products, which includes a top-end smartphone and smart home assistant speaker among others. While the price details of the smartphone, Essential PH1, were already announced, Andy Rubin has now provided information on when the smartphone will actually hit the shelves.

While speaking at the Code Conference 2017, Rubin revealed that the Essential PH1 aka Essential Phone will start shipping later this month. It is worth pointing out that the smartphone has already gone on sale in the US. The smartphone costs $699, which is roughly Rs 45,000. Andy Rubin’s company seems to be focused on the Western market at the moment and there is no word on when the smartphone and other devices in the lineup will be available in the international markets including India. ALSO READ: Essential Phone by the creator of Android checks the right boxes, but would India even care?

Besides the availability details, Andy Rubin has also elaborated further on what to expect from the smartphone. While the Essential Phone has top-of-the-line hardware, the smartphone will include a new AI and will be open to include third party AIs such as Google Assistant and Microsoft’s Cortana in the near future. RELATED: Andy Rubin takes on the Android establishment

He also talked about the Ambient OS. Rubin reveals that Ambient OS will also be an open source. It is worth noting that the open source strategy had paid off for Android in a big way. Currently, Android is the world’s biggest mobile phone OS. However, Android’s biggest headache has been the fragmentation with a large number of users missing out on key updates and new features.

Rubin, however, played he apprehensions about a possible fragmentation issue for the Ambient OS. He remarked that ‘nobody gets 100 percent upgrades, it’s impossible’. Rubin also took dig at Apple’s claims of 80 percent upgrade rate, stating that the rate is actually around 60 to 70 percent. ALSO READ: Andy Rubin’s Essential PH-1 vs Samsung Galaxy S8 vs Sony Xperia XZ Premium

For Ambient OS, Rubin said that the company had a solution for addressing the upgrade issue. While he didn’t elaborate what the solution was actually, he just pointed that it revolved managing service on the back-end. There’s no further information on how Ambient OS will actually operate and how does it open source play out in the future. You can check out the complete interview of Andy Rubin in the video below:

  • Published Date: June 1, 2017 9:35 AM IST