This a Gem, or Essentially a future flop in the making?
Determined not to be a one and done manufacturer, Essential, Andy "Android" Rubin's baby is determined to shake off the failures of the first Essential Phone and has announced the next one - The Essential Gem.
The devices seems to be running off a fork of Android, and won't come with GApps as a result. Maps may be powered by Open Street Maps for example, rather than Google Maps. What's more worrying is that the device will be using code from MicroG to allow it to still use Google's API calls.
Why is this worrying? Oh, I dunno, perhaps this statement from the MicroG GitHub Wiki...
How one's meant to type on something that's essentially the dimensions of a Cable-box remote control is a bit of a mystery. Perhaps it's mean to use the new fangled AI Driven voice input?
More here: https://www.xda-developers.com/essential-next-device-early-testing/
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