Today, Essential surprised everyone with an ad on the company's blog. Essential will shut down its operations entirely.
As a result, the GEM Project ceases to exist, Essential Newton's Newton Mail application stops working in April and Essential Phone (PH-1), the only smartphone the company has brought to the market, will not receive any more updates.
Although this does not impact the use of Essential Phone, Essential reported that the security update released on February 3 is the last to be made available for the smartphone.
Support for the Essential Phone user will also end with the closure of the company's operations, so it’s a great idea to consider switching smartphones.
Essential was created in 2015 by Andy Rubin, one of the co-founders of Android. Essential was able to raise $ 330 million in funding before the launch of Essential PH-1, also known as Essential Phone, in 2017.
The device did not stay in the spotlight for a long time and sold much less than expected and thus remained lukewarm in the smartphone market.
After Essential Phone, the company started betting on Project GEM, which aims to bring a top-of-the-line device, but it seems that these efforts wiped out the company's resources before leaving the paper.
In an excerpt from the blog post the company says that …
"In October, we launched Project GEM, a new mobile experience that our hardware, software and cloud teams have built and tested over the past few years. Our vision was to invent a mobile computing paradigm that would integrate more seamlessly with people's lifestyle needs. people.
Despite our best efforts, we now take Gem as far as possible and, unfortunately, we do not have a clear path to deliver it to customers. In light of that, we made the difficult decision to stop operations and shut down Essential. "
And he continued to thank his employees, partners and also the users who bet on the company.
In the post it is possible to view the Essential Gem that was shown months ago on several YouTube channels, but which are currently only present on the company's website.