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as mentioned in Andy Rubin is the creator of Android and built the Danger Hiptop, one of the first devices to merge threaded messaging, email and the full web into a basic smartphone
He also built Google’s mobile and digital content businesses, and started Google’s robotics efforts via the acquisitions of Boston Dynamics, Schaft and others.
Now, Rubin is the founder and CEO of Playground Global, a venture studio that provides investment, mentorship and resources to tech startups working in the area of hardware and AI.
Rubin joined Google in 2005 through the acquisition of Android.
Watch the interview, live from Code Conference on Tuesday, May 30.
Rubin is droid creator has increased $300 million for basic smartphone
according to The Essential Phone “can unleash the full power of Android,” Essential President and Chief Operating Officer Niccolo de Masi boasted in an interview on Tuesday night, “doing it justice” with more advanced hardware.
Essential Phone is just the startThe priority now is phones, but Essential has a clear plan that stretches as far as three years, de Masi said.
A wearable band could, for instance, work with Essential Phone.
Essential Phone is a premium handset that emerges at a time when people looking for the latest and greatest typically go to Apple or Samsung (or, increasingly, Google itself).
Essential is Rubin’s attempt to shake up and “fix” the mobile world by simplifying things and (hopefully) bridging multiple ecosystems together.
Prior to the funding round, Rubin raised $30 million (£23 million) for Essential from Playground Global and Redpoint Ventures, according to Equidate.
Andy Rubin, an engineer known for developing Google’s Android operating system, has raised $300 million (£231 million) for his new startup, Essential.
The funding round, which was first reported by Bloomberg, values Rubin’s firm at $993 million (£765 million), according to analysis by research firm Equidate.
He left in 2014 and set up a tech incubator called Playground Global, which is where Essential spawned from.
That means it is practically a “unicorn,” which is the term given to tech startups when they achieve a billion dollar valuation.