Essential is a mobile and home devices company focused on creating consumer technology products for the 21st century.

Startup Information

Founder & Employees Information

Funding Information

Startup Failure

What was Essential ?

Essential was started by android co- founder Andrew E. Rubin, where he lead the development of Android, taking the OS from nothing to the world’s most popular operating system. Being “The Father of Android” meant venture capital firms would throw money at him when he left Google to form a new company. That company was Essential, where Andy Rubin jumped full time into smartphone hardware.


Why Essential shutdown?

Timing, broader marketing issues and troubling allegations of sexual misconduct were all contributing factors that stopped Essential’s big plans dead in their tracks.

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