The company, led by Android founder Andy Rubin, launched its first smartphone over a year ago. But until now, the company has yet to release a successor. Supposedly it works on an AI-powered handset.
The startup behind the Essential Phone is downsizing.
On Wednesday, Bloomberg reported that Essential Products had fired around 30 percent of its workforce. The affected employees were part of the company's hardware, marketing and sales departments.
The startup declined to confirm the number of departing employees, but PCMag said by email, "This was a difficult decision and we are very sorry for the impact on our colleagues leaving the company and do everything possible to help them in their future careers. "
Why the cuts were made, Essential said," We are confident that our keen product focus will help us deliver a truly groundbreaking product to consumers. "
The company, led by Android founder Andy Rubin, launched its first smartphone, the Essential Phone PH-1
It remains to be seen if the startup will make the product a reality. But in the meantime, the Essential Phone is still available through the company's website for $ 499. PCMag gave him a "good" rating for the large screen and smooth performance. However, the company's layoffs signal that Essential is moving away from selling a typical Android phone.