It appears to be like like Important, the corporate constructed by Android inventor Andy Rubin, isn’t useless in any case. Rubin tweeted confirming that Important is engaged on a brand new smartphone together with photos of a strange-looking machine.
The physique of the machine within the photos is formed extra like a distant management than a smartphone, and it doesn’t seem as if the machine can fold right into a clamshell-style foldable machine. Rubin appears to be working Uber, Calendar, Maps, and Climate apps on the machine, which appears to have a completely new consumer interface based mostly on Android, however not like any Android cellphone we’ve seen prior to now. Rubin additionally confirmed off the again of the telephones, with 4 shiny new finishes. There appears to be room for a fingerprint sensor and a big bulge for a single digital camera lens. A front-facing digital camera might be present in a small hole-punch cutout, much like that present in latest Samsung smartphones.
The cellphone doesn’t appear to be all that longer than present Android handsets, as an alternative providing a a lot thinner design. Specs, in fact, have but to be revealed, as do particular dimensions of the cellphone.
Whereas the brand new cellphone appears to function a radically totally different design, it stays to be seen whether or not or not it will likely be fashionable. The unique Important Cellphone was a stable handset at an inexpensive worth, however it hardly launched the corporate into shopper consciousness the identical manner Android did manner again within the mid-2000s.
Rubin has largely stayed out of the highlight over the previous few months, ever since The New York Occasions printed a report detailing how Google protected Rubin from allegations of sexual assault. In line with the report, Rubin coerced a girl into performing oral intercourse in a lodge room in 2013, had been discovered with bondage intercourse movies on his work pc, and had a relationship with one other lady at Google that was left unreported to Google HR. After an inner investigation, Google requested for Rubin’s resignation however not earlier than giving him a $90 million exit bundle.