We all know Andrew Rubin as the founder and former CEO of tech startup incubator Playground Global, as well as the co-founder and former CEO of both Danger Inc. and Android Inc. The Android mobile software creator left Google in 2014 after an investigation into an allegation of an inappropriate relationship with a subordinate.
Rubin eventually joined and helped create the Android phone start-up Essential Products. The company has just reported that it is shutting down.
“Given this, we have made the difficult decision to cease operations and shut down Essential,” the company said on their blog.
The company is known for the Essential PH-1 which was the first phone we saw with a notch and had pretty high-end specs. However, it was not initially reviewed well and didn’t sell as much as the wanted.
The company says that thanks to the company shutting down, the February 3rd security update for the PH-1 will be it’s last. The phone will continue to work but will not receive any additional updates or customer support.
This is a sad ending to a company that roared into the limelight in 2017 with the PH-1 that offered vanilla Android, a titanium body and an impressive software update support system for a 3-year-old phone. The Essential PH-1 received Android 10 on January 6th this year which shows how great they were with software updates.
However, we have been waiting for a new phone from the company for a long time now. In October, they announced Project GEM which was a weird concept phone that looked like a remote with a screen. They didn’t divulge more details about the phone and it seems now we will never get to see it.