Android creator’s next phone will send texts for you

Ruben Fields
October 12, 2018

As a result, it would apparently have a smaller screen than most smartphones, since you won't need to directly interact with it as much, and numerous interactions that you do have would be voice-based.

On top of that, the device is reportedly being designed as a companion gadget that works together with a traditional smartphone instead trying to serve as a full-on replacement for most people.

The new mobile device would be able to book appointments and respond to emails and text messages on its own, based on what the AI software knows about the user and his habits.

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Essential Products, a startup run by Android creator Andy Rubin that launched a year ago to great fanfare, is reportedly working on a new smartphone that will mimic users and automatically respond to messages on their behalf. A second Essential smartphone was scrapped as it was found too similar to other devices already on the market. It has even shelved plans to make a different handset and a smart speaker earlier this year for this, as reported. We will keep you updated regarding the matter so stay tuned for more information regarding the upcoming Essential Phone. A spokeswoman for Essential declined to comment. "If I can get to the point where your phone is a virtual version of you, you can be off enjoying your life, having that dinner, without touching your phone, and you can trust your phone to do things on your behalf", he said. It might also help in solving "part of the (smartphone) addictive behavior". Also, Gmail offers automated replies, and the Pixel 3 will be the first phone to support Gmail's Smart Compose, the feature that offers written suggestions as you type your response. Essentially (no pun intended), he wants to turn phone owners into characters in the movie Her.

The first prototype of this phone is expected by the end of this year, and Essential has plans of presenting the device to industry partners at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas by January.

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