Listen: Andy Rubin, Google, Newton Mail discussed on The Droid Life Show
"I remember essential the company who released a single phone three years ago over three years ago. Two and a half. When was the race one? Three years three years ago essential released the essential phone which you know we liked for awhile and then you know it had enough issues that it wasn't really worth keeping around. There's a lot of people still have their central phones. It's been updated every single month on the on the date that the updates are published by google. So it's had those They called it quits this week. So this comes after. Was it last October last October? Andy Rubin showed off Project Gem. Which was that really weird. Sort OF REMOTE CONTROL. Candy bar style like device which was sort of a phone had the big nipple camera and all that stuff around about it looked interesting enough you could tell the really customize the UI to perform in a way they wanted to but we didn't know much we heard nothing after that While they announced this week that they are They've they've taken it as far as they can. Take it this Project Gem and they see no clear path to deliver it to customers and so they're just closing up shop I I would love like I'm hoping somebody at information. One of those that has inside sources with companies like essential to report on exactly what the breakdown was and what happened because it sounds like it could be a fascinating story. Either way essential is done. So what does that mean No more updates for your essential phones. You've been hanging onto the original central phone and and loving those monthly security patches. You don't get those anymore there done done and you also don't get customer support any longer so if something happens to your phone your does Sol. It's an old phone and you probably paid little for it so I'm not sure you should be that mad about that and it was a bad phone. You should just get something new Where this sucks though is if you were looking forward to this weird project gem thing it's obviously don the other thing though is last year year or two years ago Essential by cloud magic which operates owned Newton mail the email program which had initially been shut down and then essential fired at back up. It will now re. Di Can you read I So if you use Newton Mail on desktop phone whatever you have until April thirtieth and then it just will no longer work. I'm sure they're just GONNA unplug the servers at that point so essential phone no more updates. No more customer support nude male is dead and the gem phone will never ever surface at least under essential who knows a velvet. Sell any of the technology there what they'll do with APP. But that's it so essentials done. They are no longer accompanied to package to rip sucks ninety going to get into the politics of it but you know it sucks because the personal phone was cool. I know we had always hoped that. They're like essential phone too was a guaranteed of the year for us. If they had just made the software better in a decent camera like I it would've been earlier doesn't he? I don't even care for But not they screwed up so and then this little Gen thing. I was like okay. I mean this is different. Looks who apparently. I'm really into this. New Form factor kind of thing like I want new kind of look so it was just interesting. Yeah You know but hey you only made one phone. It didn't sell very well. They clearly just ran out of money spent three years. Doing I have no idea what you can't tell me. They've been working on gem for three years now. I hope not nine. That's a waste of time. I feel I feel bad for the employees. It seemed like it was a very sudden thing. Although we don't know how many employees they had left It just seems like they. They ran out of runway. And that was it. And WHO's putting in money to this company that's headed by like who is investing and Andy Rubin Right now. Nobody and we know he's got his own money issues coming up with lawsuits. And whatever like that's probably just someone to stick away or stay away from like that's toxic area staff so that that's one of the reasons. I hope Those sort of like V. C. Reporters Venture capitals reporters inside reporters like Kim. Find out the story. Because it's it's it's probably crazy 'cause a couple of years ago. Amrou came back essential released. This phone arrows. Suber excited praise Andy Rubin founder of android in then. Yeah well then the essential phone flops. and then they sort of build a backup to be somewhat respectful and people kinda like enjoys flash sales. People are still talking about it. And he's promising they're smart home hub and stuff in the hall this and then we start getting close to maybe talking about there might be a new phone and then yeah all the stories. Come out of the Andy Rubin and has had when he was at Google he was sort of forced out and giving this massive package. And there's There's all these sort of workplace violations possibly there and it goes much deeper than that. I mean the New York Times wrote a story on this a couple of years ago. You should read it. It paints the man in not a good light whatsoever so that happens and then more stories start coming out about just sort of the toxic Executive leadership stuff going on at Google. But then Andy Rubin stuff never goes where goes through a divorce. I believe that's sort of what he blamed word. I'm just going through a divorce and people are trying to blast me and shame me in this divorce. You know. I don't know I'm just GonNa say it does not make the dude look good. I eat also. I don't believe apologized for much or any of it leaving. He doesn't have to. Who Am I to either way? I'm assuming all the money that was going in there I'm sure people were dislike. Were removing. We're not we're not were over anyway. I would love for somebody to write that story I know I'm technically as sort of a journal. Guy Investigated I'm not an investigative reporter I need to do. It's time to take. That step could be rob Grasso. He's asking does the vaporware phone from years ago that still available for preorder knows not saying be squared. This is essential. This was a real product and a real company with real employees. Sega's is still want other offices. Shut DOWN UTAH. We figured that out. So yeah sort of a random note so I think it was right before he went on air The guys are android. Police found this ebay listing. That was for. It was a bunch of essential stuff that some of which you couldn't buy and I think they call it like. Oh here's like a former central employee who is now trying to sell like all of his swag and it was the HD adapter a couple of the three sixty cameras one of the bluish deep ocean blue phones or whatever a sticker and then that charging pad that you were supposed to be able to just put your phone on to charge that never released subdue is trying to sell it for you. I think originally was listed at five hundred plus because I looked at. Oh that's crazy expensive but you get a phone with a I believe the listing. Yeah he just pulled it. You can still see it here. I I the CIA. I thought it sold. I thought it's it's done. It says sends a lot here was ended by the seller. Because because I do think someone did the buy it now And and it and it sold anyway. I'm trying to post this because who wouldn't want that like prototype dock and all that stuff like there's those essential fan boys others like. I want that essential. That's history man smartphone. History right there. I mean you're not gonna see those come along very often so it was Kinda cool either way somebody. Yeah obviously posted this semester. Work there because they no longer work there. It was a brand new ocean depths. That was the best color for that phone. And you cannot find. That was tough to find. Yeah yeah so I mean that was worth the five hundred bucks right. There probably depends on how you stuff like that fight. Yeah that's true because it is an old phone that will never get another update so but it's cool So sort of final topic T. Mobile Sprint. Take another step towards finalising their merger. In fact they said they are now taking the final steps to complete it so As we know a bunch of Attorneys General were. It was or was it. Just district attorney. I can't remember what it was. There was much state lawsuits ERLA. It was attorney general so we got together and said no. We want to stop this A New York district judge throughout their argument. It said No. We're going to let this go through. Is he getting paid by? Yeah will I camera who it was? I thought maybe Reuters. Somebody reported that. The judge said he was basing his decision off of I sure was look this up before I say to make sure it was true But to make he. He basically said that the arguments he listened to embrace his decision was how they presented their arguments and sort of how. They're not their mood or their tone was in their arguments. Rather than off of the numbers and facts. It was something really awful like that where he basically looked at and said you guys seem like good guys. I don't think you're GONNA raise prices. Let's just move this forward. Which is that is not what you're supposed to be doing here buddy. It was something really bad S not ideal so I wonder if I can find that. Yeah me I. We still have hardly any idea how this is really going to affect a lot of people but and it is going to affect people. Just not sure how t mobile says. It's all going to be positive but I mean women. History has like a huge merger. This I guess. Really benefited people. I don't know Olas. Thanks for joining. Can't find it. Maybe maybe I just made that up I I definitely saw and it looked like a legitimate. A maybe made it up. I could have made here we go. It's probably some click. Trevor McGrath says t mobile ads on fifteen dollars a month prepaid plan. I definitely give it a shot. Yeah I mean I would. I mean I'm I'm on T. mobile right now because they give you the MLB at bad all season for free they give you all his stuff Free our on Gogo flights when I'm flying There's a lot of positives too."