It's hard to start a business! The father of Android failed to start a business: Essential phones announced to be turned off.

ByXimenes Dogon 2020-02-13 1690

[gearbest News] recently, smartphone startup Essential Products officially announced its closure through its official account, which caused a heated discussion among netizens. The company has attracted a lot of attention because its founder is Andy Rubin, who is known as the "father of Android".

Essential PH-1

According to Essential, the decision to close the company is difficult, but there is no other way. Essential had previously launched a program called Project GEM, but it failed to deliver the phone to customers, which may have led to Essential's decision to shut down the company in the first place. In addition, software support for the company's only smartphone, the Essential PH-1, will end in the near future, but most of the phone's resources have been uploaded to third parties for developers to use.

Essential PH-1

Back when Essential was founded, the company was favored by investors in the industry and received more than $330 million in investment. In addition, US investment banks raised the valuation of Essential to $1 billion. But then came a sex scandal involving founder Andy Rubin, who was forced to leave on suspicion of sexually harassing a Google employee, which surprised many investors bullish on Essential's development.

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