The future of Essential is mostly a mystery. Since a single phone was released a year and a half ago, which only sold for dramatic price drops, nothing has come to replace it or work alongside it in any type of product family. The company has not supplied modular accessories to the first phone, probably interrupted both a follow-up phone and home hub, was rumored to be up, has seen the founder in headlines of all the sensible reasons, and has cut a large part of his workforce. Although we have not exactly written by Essential, have a number of other writers (apparently). It has opened up the company's head of R&D.
In a Tweet over the weekend that should get some hope that key fans, Essentials R&D leader, Jason Keats, said that "All these stories of Essentials deaths" his desire to rub their faces in it in the future. "He went ahead and suggested that" We are not finished, not with a long shot. "
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All these stories of Essentials deaths just end up feeding my desire to rub their faces in it in the future. We are not finished, not with a long shot.
̵1; Jason Keats (@EssentialKeats) December 30, 2018
What is Keats talking about? Again, we don't know what Essential's plans are, other than being "hard at work with the next mobile product," according to a statement they sent to us last week. Is the next "mobile" product the stupid sounding AI phone reported back in October? Probably. As long as there is nothing like the new Palm phone, I will try to reserve them for now.
So, important fans, you have something to look forward to. And for anyone who writes Andy Rubin's company, well, Essential should do something remarkable, prepare for R&D talk, something I know will keep you up at night.