Andy Rubin back at Essential after being away for less than two weeks
While at Google, Rubin was never accused of misconduct. Still, in the current environment, Rubin and Essential felt it wise for him to take a breather. And now, less than two weeks later, Rubin has returned. He comes back to Essential just as the Essential Phone is about to experience its first holiday shopping season. Speaking of holiday shopping, Best Buy is currently offering the unlocked version of the device for $200 off at $499.99, a 29% discount.
Thanks to its bi-weekly AMAs on Reddit, executives of the company were able to reveal that a sequel is coming. A recent AMA also revealed that the most demanded new feature for an Essential Phone 2 is an IP certification rating. Will that happen? Essential employees say that adding such protection to the phone would have resulted in bigger bezels and a thicker footprint for the company's first handset.