Ever since reports first emerged that computer engineer and Android co-founder Andy Rubin was making a new high-end phone, it's been speculated whether or not his mystery handset will use the operating system he helped create, or venture out into something new.
It seems the former is the case, as a remark from Alphabet executive chairman Eric Schmidt (opens in new tab) claims the phone designed by Rubin's new company, Essential, will be available for "Android users."
Schmidt includes a link to Rubin's own teaser tweet about the device, calling it "an example" of the type of new Android phones "coming very soon."
Phenomenal new choices for Android users coming very soon. An example! https://t.co/3fwvYl6vluMarch 29, 2017
Schmidt's tweet comes in response to the glimpse at the so-called Essential phone Rubin posted earlier this week. While giving us little to go off, it appears the phone rocks one of those bezel-less, edge-to-edge displays that's become so in vogue these days.
I'm really excited about how this is shaping up. Eager to get it in more people's hands... pic.twitter.com/LRzQCFSKTmMarch 27, 2017
As Schmidt says, the Essential phone is all but officially confirmed to run Android. What's more, it will likely launch "very soon."
Other reported features of Essential's entry into the smartphone market include a robust artificial intelligence, hardware add-on capabilities, and a slick ceramic back.
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