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The creator of Android has unveiled his vision of the ultimate smartphone

May 31, 2017View for printing

What do you really need out of a smartphone? Developer Andy Rubin -- the creator of Android -- has tried to answer that question with a new phone aimed at delivering the basics of a high-end smartphone in a simple package.

The phone, called the Essential, made its debut Tuesday and was created by Rubin's company, which is also called Essential. Rubin decided to found the firm after voicing frustrations about the current gadget landscape, which he described in a blog post as full of unnecessary features and lacking in good choice.

By Hayley Tsukayama

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