Andy Rubin's email to Essential employees leaks; company is not shutting down but could be sold

Andy Rubin's email to Essential employees leaks; company is not shutting down but could be sold
Yesterday, we told you that Andy Rubin's Essential Products had reportedly cancelled development of the next Essential phone while the company is said to be up for sale. A tweet from Rubin posted yesterday stated that the company is still working on home and mobile products. A smart speaker is said to be in the works. The situation is fluid, and today an email sent by the "father of Android" to Essential employees leaked.

In the email, Rubin says that "We are not shutting down the company." He did say that Essential will be working with banks to shore up the firm's financing, but added that the company could be sold as part of a financing deal. Rubin did point out that all of the leaks sending rumors and speculation out to the public could make it harder for the company to make a decent deal with the banks. He said in the email that "I’m going to focus on winning and not whining."

The company's first and only product to date is the Essential Phone (PH-1, which spells PH-ONE or phone), an Android handset carrying a 5.7-inch LCD screen with thin bezels and a dual camera setup in back. The phone was actually the first handset to be released with a notch, beating out the Apple iPhone X by three and a half months. Originally priced at $699, the handset has been the subject of several price cuts. Last month, Amazon had the phone on sale for $399.99. The company is believed to have sold 150,000 units to date.

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  • Display 5.7" 1312 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2450 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3040 mAh



1. Venom

Posts: 3973; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I hope they don't shut down. Barring a few issues, I think the Essential phone was highly underrated. Hopefully they will make a second one and learn from their mistakes. Here's hoping Nokia picks them up because Nokia needs a flagship device. A good flagship device that can be used on any carrier.

6. Nimbus

Posts: 442; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

Mxypltz aka tony stark aka tim cook accounts i don't think future essential phones will be any different from rest of stock android smartphones.Moto,Pixel,Nokia,Berry,Razor,1+ all have stock android with their own apps services except of different camera interface and preinstall Gaaps.Essental phones won't be any different and unique and nokia,berry,pixel,1+,sony already fill that part on consistent softwares updates and sony,htc both are both semi stock android.

16. Venom

Posts: 3973; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Yeah ok meanest. Excuse me for sharing my thoughts. Not every phone has to be a galaxy, an iPhone, or whatever. The Essential phone offers more than what LG and Samsung offers: updates and a bloat free experience. And it can be used on any carrier, something you stubbornly seem to be against. This is the guy who is pretty much the daddy of Android, so he probably understands it better than the OEMs you listed. Once again you let your own one sided opinion cloud your judgment.

20. meanestgenius

Posts: 22786; Member since: May 28, 2014

LMAO Nimbus isn’t even remotely me, he’s just obviously someone that knows who you really are, mxyzptlk aka flash aka about 8 or 9 other accounts that I have gotten banned. Crispin, Aeglish, and a few others know who you really are too. You going to say that they’re me as well? I must really occupy that much space in your head, rent free, for you to think that everyone that says who you really are is me, lol.

24. Venom

Posts: 3973; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Don't flatter yourself. You both post the same, tired multiple accounts nonsense. You both are responding against something I said just because I said it. If you can't think of a legitimate response against what I said, then don't comment.

31. meanestgenius

Posts: 22786; Member since: May 28, 2014

LMAO! No need to flatter myself. It’s all right here in digital ink for all to see. You mentioned my name in an article that I wasn’t even on previously, thus starting the fight. Don’t backtrack now that I’m here to see it and respond accordingly. That proves that I’m living rent free in your head. And considering the conditions in there, rent free is stil too much. You should be paying me to be in there, lol. More than a few people have called you out a plethora of times about your multiple accounts. They all have the same comment style, and all attack the same OEM’s. What’s even more pathetic is that you literally followed me with your accounts from BlackBerry to Nokia to Huawei articles, all posting negativity. You claim to own the same smartphones in all of your accounts too, and you’ve been busted for lying about ownership. I caught you in a lie with your photoshopped Imgr that you quickly removed in your flash account, and darkk and others caught you in a lie about owning a Galaxy smartphone. I then caught you in a lie using your current faux account about owning a BlackBerry KEYᵒⁿᵉ. If the account doesn’t say MeanestGenius, don’t mention my name as way to deflect from you being a multi account user, mxyzptlk aka flash aka Spigen aka TimCook aka tony_stark aka batmite aka wario 1 aka wario 2 aka Alphagenius aka mxyzptlkZ aka mxyzplrk aka venom. If you can’t think of a legit response to someone calling you out on facts, don’t comment at all.

36. Venom

Posts: 3973; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

No, it just proves that you have multiple accounts. You started this by attacking what I said just because I said it. You prove that by the comment you make below attacking Essential phone, which coincidentally I happen to like. I haven't posted anything on Imgur or photoshop. You're lying through your teeth again. I have never said anything about owning a Galaxy phone. I said I would consider getting the S9 because it does everything that I need it to do. I see that you are still reeling just because I had a KeyONE. I am not obligated to show anything to you nor do I have anything to prove to you. If the account doesn't say Venom, then it's not me so don't associate it with me. And I will comment when I feel like it and you can't tell me otherwise.

38. meanestgenius

Posts: 22786; Member since: May 28, 2014

LMAO! Nah, what it actually proves is that I’m stuck in that head of yours, rent free. YOU started this by mentioning my name here when I wasn’t even in the article previously. Don’t make up excuses and try to push your ways onto me. Who cares what you like? I stated a fact. You lie so much that your middle name must be “rug”. You’re mxyzptlk, aka flash aka a whole host of other faux accounts that are now banned, and you sure did post a photoshopped image on your Imgr account that you hastily deleted when I called you out on it. You did say you own a Galaxy Note 4 in your mxuzptlk account, and aother Galaxy phone that you said was sitting in your drawer, and both of those lies got debunked as well. The reason why you won’t post an image proving that you own a KEYᵒⁿᵉ is because you never owned one, lol. You just afraid that I’ll catch you in that lie and call you out on it, lol. ALL of the accounts that I named are you, mxyzptlk. You’re only fooling yourself with your lies. And I will comment where I feel like it as well, and shut down your ignorance whenever I see fit.

41. Venom

Posts: 3973; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I'm not making any excuses. You started with your accusations. I just retaliated and put you in your place, as I have been doing since I started coming here a few months ago. Unless you have proof that it came from my mouth as Venom, then you have nothing. Keep lying and living in your fantasy. You aren't fooling anyone with your internet tough guy act.

42. meanestgenius

Posts: 22786; Member since: May 28, 2014

Except here you are, making excuses. You started this when you mentioned my name when I wasn’t even here, and now that I’ve arrived to call you out on it and put you in your place, you’re backtracking like you’ve done with all of your other accounts that I have gotten banned. You’re Mxyzptlk, the owner of all of the accounts that I named. I know it, several others here know it, and most of all, YOU know it. But keep on lying and living in your fantasy world as if that will have any actual bearing on the truth. Pot, meet kettle, keyboard warrior.

9. imkyle

Posts: 1116; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

Had it since October and love it. Not the greatest camera, but if a company is willing to update it as much as they do, push software updates and Security updates constantly, they have my vote.

27. Venom

Posts: 3973; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Same here. I'm planning on getting one as a back up phone. My only gripe is that it lacks stereo sound.

21. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Westerns OEMs can't compete against Asians giants like Samsung LG, or Huawei Xiaomi Oppo. Apple monopolizes Western hemisphere.

26. Venom

Posts: 3973; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Sure they can. Motorola did at one point before Lenovo gutted them.

2. antroid

Posts: 396; Member since: Jan 24, 2018

Sad day, I hoped to see the next essential phone :(

3. scarface21173

Posts: 702; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

It would be a good buy fot Amazon.

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 31761; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

There’s Apple, Samsung, Huawei, Xanomi (spell check please), and then there’s the rest. Maybe trying to launch Essential, in an already crowded mature market wasn’t the best thing to do. Even Google (Pixel), and LG are feeling Apple and Samsung’s grip.

12. scarface21173

Posts: 702; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

I believe if it had of recieved excellent reviews from the off, the phone would of been a success in terms of phones sold. But from the off everyone gave it really bad reviews the damage was done then. They obviously dont have the cash to make a 2nd version or are scared incase it doesnt sell.

29. darkkjedii

Posts: 31761; Member since: Feb 05, 2011


33. meanestgenius

Posts: 22786; Member since: May 28, 2014

Absolutely agree, darkk. And there are already too many players that provide a clean, stock Android experience for a newcomer like Essential to come along, especially with the myriad of problems that it launched with. Although I must admit that one new player, HMD, has been very successful so far with its launch of Nokia branded smartphones, and they use a stock Android experience. They’ve outsold the likes of the Google Pixel by a huge margin, for example, as well as Sony, OnePlus and others.

37. Venom

Posts: 3973; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

The only reason you're saying that is because I spoke favorably of Essential. You just can't accept the fact that it's a better phone than anything HMD can crank out. But you know what the funny part is, the creator of the Essential phone is pretty much the creator of Android, the same Android running on your favorite HMD phones that really aren't as great as you think.

39. meanestgenius

Posts: 22786; Member since: May 28, 2014

LMAO! I’m saying that about the Essential phone because it’s a FACT. I’m not you that trolls OEM’s because a certain person favors them, like you troll BlackBerry and Nokia because of me. You already admitted to hating on BlackBerry because of me with your first account that I made you deactivate. And you’re proving my point by bringing up HMD now. LMAO! And if what you said is true about the Essential Phone being better that what HMD puts out, then how come they may possibly close up shop? How come the Essential Phone launched with a myriad of bugs and issues, but the Nokia branded smartphones from HMD don’t even come close to having the bugs and issues that the Essential Phone has? Answer: Because it’s not better, no matter how much you want to be in denial about that fact. The “creator of Android” doesn’t mean squat if you can’t make a smartphone to run the OS you created without it having more bugs than decomposing flesh.

40. Venom

Posts: 3973; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Conjecture. Lies. Deceit. Rubbish. Your entire comment can be summed up with the words above because we both know that you're only saying what you say about Essential because I happen to like the phone. I guarantee you if it was built by HMD, you would be all over it. You're exposed lol.

43. meanestgenius

Posts: 22786; Member since: May 28, 2014

Conjecture, lies and deceit is all you spew, and rubbish is all you know. These are the facts about you, Mxyzptlk. You’re all triggered and in your feelings because I said something true about a phone you have never even owned, just like you are whenever I mention another phone you’ve never owned, the Pixel. I guarantee you that if you actually owned any of the smartphones that you claim to own, you would have posted a pic of your actual smartphone to shut me up. You haven’t because you don’t own them. You’re exposed, LMAO.

5. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

It was a pretty innovative first smartphone from them, it started the whole notch trend, and i hope to see more from them.

11. rouyal

Posts: 1598; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Apple started the notch trend. Aside from that, it was a near 200 gram brick.

13. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

Please go away Apple fanboy, i'm really not interested your excessive delusions. This is literally from the article itself: "The phone was actually the first handset to be released with a notch, beating out the Apple iPhone X by three and a half months." The Essential Phone was released several months before the Apple iPhone X, and because of that it started the notch trend, and there is simply more to it. You can't just start acting like Apple started something, when they weren't even the first ones to do it. If it were up to you, then Apple started everything, even when they were several years behind the others. You're a biased fanboy and have completely lost grasp of common sense.

17. midan

Posts: 3215; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

It was definately Apple who started the notch trend, if one never heard phone had notch it doesn't mean it made it trendy.

18. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

Strange. Is Apple fanboys like the Bloody mary thing, where she appears if you say her name? I say Apple fanboy once, and then one of them appears.

19. Paximos

Posts: 283; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

He says the "trend" not the actual notch and he is right. You've got to be honest, all Android OEMs are following the apple footsteps when it comes to the notch.

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