Published: Fri, October 12, 2018
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Android creator working on AI phone that texts for you

Android creator working on AI phone that texts for you

Andy Rubin's beleaguered phone startup Essential is rumored to be working on a phone that is anything but your standard flagship.

Bloomberg device that the new device isn't like any other smartphone, it's created to have a small screen and uses voice commands as the main interaction point.

According to Bloomberg, Essential has set aside its smart speaker plans and is instead working on a new type of phone. What we are getting is a new smartphone that could use artificial intelligence to make you use your smartphone with voice commands. The phone will have AI built-in to automatically get real-world tasks done for the user, including things like replying to text, booking appointments, responding to emails, etc. This time, some more details about the smartphone have been revealed by "people familiar with the matter" in a Bloomberg report.

In an interview with Bloomberg previous year, Rubin suggested a benevolent incentive for embarking on a project along these lines. The Palo Alto, California-based company started selling a product called the Essential Phone past year, to great fanfare for pioneering an edge-to-edge design before the iPhone X. Since the release of the first Essential Phone and Apple's premium product, many phone makers have followed. Using voice as the main input point not only presents privacy concerns, but it's also a technical challenge around voice recognition that even companies like Google are struggling to master.

Rubin, who laid foundation for the modern smartphone business with his work at Google, hopes to achieve a second act with the new, AI-dependent gadget.

Essential could show a prototype off as early as January at CES.

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