Rumor: Essential works on ‘ai-phone’ with a small screen and voice control

Oct

10

2018

According to information from Mark Gurman, who usually has reliable sources within tech companies, the company behind the Essential Phone is working on a device that revolves around artificial intelligence. It would have a small screen and voice control.

Gurman cites anonymous sources with knowledge of Essential’s plans in his article on Bloomberg . The idea behind the new device is that it is all about Essential’s ai software and that it automatically responds to incoming e-mails and messages. It must also be able to make appointments independently. The information does not show what degree of autonomy the software will have. Users must also be able to call the device.

The control of the telephone would mainly take place via voice commands, so that the device can be operated with a small screen. It would therefore not look like a standard smartphone. According to Bloomberg, Andy Rubin, founder of Essential and founder of Android, has previously referred to a similar idea, talking about a phone that becomes a virtual version of a person, where people can trust the device to act for them.

The current project would have replaced a speaker whose essential development has been discontinued. That speaker, in turn, replaced a successor to the Essential Phone, which the company presented halfway through last year. In May Bloomberg already claimed that Essential no longer worked on a successor and considered selling himself .

According to current Bloomberg sources, there must be a prototype of the new device by the end of the year and Essential will show the device to partners at the upcoming CES fair in January.

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