Andy Rubin announced a few years ago that he was working on a different smartphone than what we could find at that time in the market. That product was the Essential PH-1, a smartphone that did not receive media approval and therefore, of users, so it only launched a model to the market.
But beyond, relative, failure that had led to PH-1, despite the work that Rubin had devoted to that product, the company continued to work on a new different smartphone called GEM. GEM was a smartphone that was announced last August but has not finally seen the light and has been the nail in the coffin of the company.
GEM showed us a smartphone elongated and narrow with which, once again, Rubin wanted to revolutionize the market. This idea, unlike the PH-1, was a firefighter and made no sense in the current telephony landscape, where the market is still oriented to larger screens with smaller and thinner frames, and where an elongated and narrow screen does not It made no sense beyond a very specific niche (presumably one would have).
The Essential PH-1 was introduced in February 2017, and became the first smartphone with notch in the market (The iPhone X was presented in September of that same year). This terminal has always been one of the first, both in 2018 and in 2019, to be updated to the new versions of Android, since the customization layer is practically non-existent.
The smartphone will continue to work without any problem, only that will not receive any update again, nor security of any other type. Andy Rubin, co-founder of Android, left Google in 2008 to devote himself to developing hardware, the Essential being the first mass product he launched on the market.