The new phone from the creator of Android won't ship when he said it would


Andy Rubin Essential Phone

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Andy Rubin with the Essential phone.

The new phone from Android creator Andy Rubin appears to be delayed.


When he announced the Essential smartphone at Recode's Code Conference in May, Rubin said it would start shipping within 30 days, The Verge reported. The company also started accepting pre-orders for the $699 device.

But more than 30 days have passed since then, and Essential isn't shipping the phone yet.

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An Essential spokesperson did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

Essential is taking pre-orders for an unlocked version of the phone through its website. The company also plans to offer the phone through Sprint, the only US carrier that has said it will sell the device. A Sprint spokesperson told Business Insider last week that the Essential phone is "expected to debut this year," but didn't know exactly when.


Essential has raised at least $300 million, according to Bloomberg. In addition to its phone, the company also plans to release a voice-controlled smart home device similar to the Amazon Echo called Home.

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