Essential Android: Alphabet exec confirms Andy Rubin sticks with his homebrew

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Google parent company Alphabet is firmly behind Andy Rubin’s pursuit for the perfect smart companion.

One of the co-creators of Android, Rubin has teased a new smartphone which will be the centerpiece of a new venture called Essential Products. It garnered much attention not only for its appealing design with near-zero bezels, but for what operating system it might run. While Android was a likely choice, it was not a 100-percent fact.

Now it is. Alphabet executive chairman Eric Schmidt tweeted out his excitement through re-sharing the teaser.

OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei reacted with bemusing anticipation.

We’re still waiting on specific details on what will get launched and when, but we’re thinking to see news being made around summer.

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Jules Wang

Jules Wang is News Editor for Pocketnow and one of the hosts of the Pocketnow Weekly Podcast. He came onto the team in 2014 as an intern editing and producing videos and the podcast while he was studying journalism at Emerson College. He graduated the year after and entered into his current position at Pocketnow, full-time.