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Andy Rubin and Robert Full will be speaking at TC Sessions: Robotics May 11 at UC Berkeley

We’re gearing up to bring you the second TC Sessions: Robotics on May 11 at the UC Berkeley campus. We’ve got a great show on-tap, with some of the premier names in the robotics/AI/automation worl

Essential reportedly only shipped 88,000 phones in 2017

Andy Rubin is back at Essential after leave of absence following reports of improper behavior

Essential smartphone startup founder Andy Rubin, who took a leave of absence last month in light of allegations of an improper relationship at his previous employer, has returned to work, Recode repor

Andy Rubin takes leave from Essential, as reports of an improper relationship at Google surface

Andy Rubin has taken a leave of absence from Essential. The phone maker’s founder and CEO will be taking time off from the company to “deal with personal matters,” a spokesman for the company co

Essential Phone is getting a ‘high-end’ audio accessory with a headphone jack

While plenty of smartphone features have been sunsetted on the way to thinner profiles and sexier bezels, none have garnered the ire of consumers quite as much as the removal of the aged and distingui

Andy Rubin describes the taste of crow after Essential spills customer data

Launching a product and company from scratch is hard, as fresh-faced entrepreneurs and Kickstarter successes often learn to their chagrin. And it turns out even heavy hitters like Andy Rubin and his m

Essential Phone begins shipping to customers

The Essential Phone started arriving in the hands of media and reviewers just last week, and as of today it's now also shipping out to its first customers. Essential announced the news via its Twitter

Hands on with Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone

It’s a pretty captivating pitch: Andy Rubin, one of the guys who founded Android (and who lead the project within Google for eight years!) has a new company… and he's building an Android phone. Th

Crunch Report | Essential Phone Now Available to Order

Andy Rubin's Essential Phone is now available to order and ships soon, ZeroCater expands to providing snacks and Fat Lama is my new favorite startup name. All this on Crunch Report!

Essential confirms $300M funding, Amazon and Best Buy retail availability

Smartphone company Essential, which is founded by Android co-creator Andy Rubin, has finally made official a $300 million funding round first reported in June. The funding round comes from investors i

Google launches its own AI Studio to foster machine intelligence startups

A new week brings a fresh Google initiative targeting AI startups. We started the month with the announcement of Gradient Ventures, Google's on-balance sheet AI investment vehicle. Two days later we w

Andy Rubin’s Playground Ventures is raising another $15M

Playground Ventures — the VC fund co-founded by Android inventor and former Google exec Andy Rubin that sits alongside an eponymous incubator/startup studio and is making some big bets in areas

Andy Rubin-backed AR hardware startup CastAR reportedly shuts down

An augmented reality headset startup founded by former Valve employees and funded by Android co-creator Andy Rubin's Playground Global is shutting down after it failed to receive further investment. C

Andy Rubin’s not-so-Essential phone only coming to Sprint in US

Oh dear. "From "essential" to inconsequential in one partnership", as one of my colleagues put it when told the news that Andy Rubin's much hyped Essential smartphone is only going to be ranged by fou

Crunch Report | Big Layoff Coming to AOL and Yahoo

Big layoff coming to AOL and Yahoo after the merger, Microsoft buys Hexadite, Erica Baker is now director of engineering at Kickastarter and Essential raises $300 Million. All this on Crunch Report.

Andy Rubin’s Essential has reportedly raised $300 million

Hype hasn’t been an issue for Andy Rubin’s new hardware startup, Essential. Speculation has been circling the Android founder’s next move since he unceremoniously parted ways with Google. Fundin

Essential is trying to build Android for the smart home

Andy Rubin’s appearance at the Code Conference last night went a ways toward answering some lingering questions about his new company, Essential. But the conversation primarily centered around the s

Essential’s road to mainstream success is a ten-year play

When Andy Rubin returns to smartphones after a few years in the wilderness, the tech press is going to take notice. Sites will speculate endlessly about teasers and report breathlessly about each smal

Crunch Report | Getting Down to the Essentials

Uber fires its head of autonomous driving, Anthony Levandowski, Essential releases its new phone and Echo competitor and Intel's Core X gets extra extreme. All this on Crunch Report.

Will Essential Home be more than another dumb smart home hub?

The next great smartphone battle isn’t about screens or batteries or cameras. In fact, it’s not really about hardware at all. It’s a knock-down, drag-out fight for the heart of the connected hom
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