Andy Rubin’s Essential shuts down
Essential was supposed to disrupt the smartphone industry. And when it was done with that, it was coming for the smart home. The company came out of stealth with a $330 million funding round and grand
What the hell is up with this Essential device?
Essential CEO Andy Rubin has been pretty silent over the past year for, well, lots of reasons — both business and otherwise. The company has struggled to sell devices, reportedly shipping only 8
Week-in-Review: Alexa’s indefinite memory and NASA’s otherworldly plans for GPS
Hello, weekenders. This is Week-in-Review, where I give a heavy amount of analysis and/or rambling thoughts on one story while scouring the rest of the hundreds of stories that emerged on TechCrunch t
Newly unsealed court documents reveal additional allegations against Andy Rubin
Newly unsealed documents have revealed a spate of bombshell allegations against Android founder Andy Rubin. BuzzFeed’s Ryan Mac has made the documents available as a PDF, and there’s a lot to unpa
Two years after Essential’s launch, still no Home hub or second phone
This morning’s Moto Z4 news was good cause to go back and reassess the state of the modular phone. Three years after the line launched, the concept hasn’t exactly ignited the market — in fact, t
Shareholder suit alleges Google covered up its sexual harassment problems with big payouts
A new lawsuit may require Andy Rubin to return his $90 million payout.
Google is closing its Schaft robotics unit after failing to find a buyer
Sad news for anyone into giant robots: Google parent Alphabet is closing down Schaft, its secretive unit that develops bipedal robots aimed at helping out in disaster efforts and generally looking ba
Google walkout organizer: ‘I hope I still have a career in Silicon Valley after this’
Upwards of 1,000 people gathered in San Francisco Thursday to protest Google's handling of sexual harassment and misconduct.
Google employees across the globe are walking out now to protest sexual harassment
Googlers are fed up with the company's treatment of sexual harassment and misconduct.
Google employees will walk out on Thursday to protest company’s handling of sexual misconduct
The women's walk is planned for Thursday, according to a BuzzFeed News report.
Google terminated 48 employees for sexual harassment in the last two years
Earlier today, The New York Times published a bombshell story about Google’s payout to Andy Rubin following reports of sexual misconduct by the Android creator. In the wake of the piece, CEO Sundar
Happy 10th anniversary, Android
It’s been 10 years since Google took the wraps off the G1, the first Android phone. Since that time the OS has grown from buggy, nerdy iPhone alternative to arguably the most popular (or at leas
Deep-linking startup Branch is raising more than $100M at a unicorn valuation
Branch, the deep-linking startup backed by Andy Rubin’s Playground Ventures, will enter the unicorn club with an upcoming funding round. The four-year-old company, which helps brands create link
Essential discounts its 360 Camera to $19, a day after its phone was half-off
At $250, the Essential Phone was arguably the best deal of Amazon Prime Day. Which is saying a lot. But no matter how you slice it, 50 percent off an Android flagship is a pretty tough deal to beat. I
Andy Rubin’s Essential is reportedly up for sale and has cancelled work on its next smartphone
Essential, the smartphone company helmed by Android co-creator Andy Rubin, is trying to sell itself and has cancelled development of its next phone, Bloomberg reports. The report states that Essential
Here’s what it’s like to be at TC Sessions: Robotics
Robots, TechCrunch folk and good times happened at TC Sessions: Robotics this past Friday from Zelle
Here are all the robots we saw at TC Sessions: Robotics
Robots are coming. Are they overlords or friendly companions designed to help us perform the mundane tasks of our respective days? Perhaps it’s both. Whatever the purpose, they’re no longer part o
Android co-creator isn’t sure whether robots will adopt a single platform
Android co-creator Andy Rubin isn’t so sure whether there will be one software platform to rule all robots. The former Google exec and Playground Global CEO talked in length about the role of pl
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