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Andy Rubin Developing A New Phone

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  1. The Scarlet Pimp

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    The inventor of the Android operating system isn't happy with the current crop of mobile devices that run the software he created so he's doing something about it.

    If you like the idea of a phone that evolves, instead of becoming obsolete almost as soon as you turn it on, then continue reading...

    During a night out with a friend, Rubin realized that Android, and modern tech in general, have become unwieldy, fragmented, and basically as much a pain as a pleasure.

    The Essential PH-1 phone, for example, is encased in durable titanium and ceramic. It's a premium design that surpasses Apple's flagship iPhone 7 and Samsung's latest offering, the Galaxy S8.

    But the "feature" that caught my attention first was that it's an unlocked phone, and will run on all mobile carriers. Not being locked in to Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, or T-Mobile is a big deal.

    And not having a boatload of bloatware that you can't remove is something that will appeal as well.

    The PH-1's Gorilla Glass 5.71-inch screen stretches from edge to edge of the phone’s face, and has a resolution of 2560 x 1312 pixels. A minimalist 4 GB of RAM is supplemented by 128 GB of Universal Flash Storage.

    Sensors include a barometer, accelerometer, magnetometer and gyroscope.

    The operating system will be the latest stock Android, of course. Rubin promises that it will be able to receive operating system updates in a timely manner.

    That's in contrast to other phones where updates are funneled through the mobile carrier, and can take a year or more to arrive, if ever.

    The PH-1 phone costs $699 and has no headphone jack. Accessories connect magnetically to the phone's body; the first add-on is a 360-degree camera that ships with the phone.

    The docking system will be open source, so other companies can build accessories for the Essential family of devices. Additional specs can be found here.

    You can preorder a PH-1 right now, although no release date is given, or just provide an email address to be kept posted on its progress.

    The other product is the Essential Home digital assistant, and it's even more "in development" than the PH-1.

    The key thing about this device is that most of its functions occur right on the device, not on a distant server.

    Rubin wants to help you keep your private data private. Another distinction of Essential Home is that you don’t have to tap or even talk to it. Essential's Mara Segal explains:

    "It can take note of your routines and let you know when something feels off or if a light is left on.

    You can ask Essential Home to play your favorite music and when you start a conversation it will adjust the volume downward so you don't have to talk over it.

    When you're getting ready in the morning, Essential Home can show how long you have until you need to leave and even blink the lights when it is time..."

    https://www.essential.com/home
     
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    is that why Apple launched this ...

    :D:D:D




     
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    No. Apple launched those bc they're run by tools.

     
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    i thought it was because they needed money...
     
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    For what? More brainwashed propaganda?

    This phone sounds interesting but idk about trying it.

    I like the idea of no bloatware. I wonder if this will cause a trend in the industry, or if he's lying and the phone will be loaded with bloatware.
     
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    good cocaine isn't cheap...
     
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    ya, its that simple and its TRUE :D
     
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    OMG wtf did I just watch?! Rofl!
     
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    It is the same cycle again and again, once they start making money, they will start doing shady stuffs, just like every big corporations.
     
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    Right. That's why I'm skeptical about the bloatware. The first couple of phones may not contain it, but corporations pay big money to have their apps pre-installed on the phone.

    I bought the Galaxy S8+ (I hate it btw) and I count at least 20 unnecessary apps that I can't uninstall. I'm being conservative; most of these are split between my service provider and Samsung itself.

    Uber was on there. Why. What makes you think I want to use Uber?
     
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    some premade apps for Android make phones slower and vulnerable.... tried Nexus 5 vs new Huawei or Samsung...in fact, the Nexus 5 still faster than new ones...

    well in the security they all the same
     
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