Essential’s next phone could use AI to manage your life

Essential is reportedly working on a 'new kind of phone' with a mind of its own

It has even shelved plans to make a different handset and a smart speaker earlier this year for this, as reported.

Bloomberg claims the device will feature a small screen and require users to interact with it primarily using voice controls, while AI-powered software inside handles things such as booking appointments and responding to texts and emails automatically without additional input from the user.

Apparently due to this very different approach the phone would be marketed as a product created to complement a user's existing smartphone, or one aimed at people who want to spend less time staring at a phone screen. This could also be the company's last attempt to break into the consumer electronics market. A spokeswoman for Essential declined to comment.

Would you look at an AI focused Essential phone? People who have spent any time talking to Siri or Alexa know the limits of virtual assistants. Essential may be working on a handset that doesn't follow the expected flagship expectations, as far as design goes.

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That's right, an Essential Phone 2 might be happening.

Now, a report from Bloomberg suggests that the company is putting most of its projects aside and is instead focusing on developing a new kind of phone based on the artificial intelligence technology.

By the time Essential made a decision to put the home-speaker project on hold, it had already lost key engineers working on the project amid disagreements over the prospects for launching such an ambitious device. Essential aims to have a first prototype of the phone finished by the end of the year, a person familiar with its development said.

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