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Andy Rubin's new smartphone will run Android

This is Andy Rubin's new phone, now confirmed to run Android. (Source: Twitter)
This is Andy Rubin's new phone, now confirmed to run Android. (Source: Twitter)
A recent tweet by Google's Eric Schmidt confirms that the "Essential" smartphone will use the Android OS. The tweet points to Andy Rubin's recent teaser image as an example of a "phenomenal new choice for Android users."

Well, that's one less mystery to solve. A tweet by Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt has confirmed that the "Essential" smartphone will run Android. This phone, the brainchild of Andy Rubin, was teased yesterday in another Twitter post which includes a photo showing off one of the device's corners, as well as part of the notification bar and wallpaper.

According to Schmidt's tweet, "phenomenal new choices for Android users [are] coming very soon." The tweet then provides a link to Rubin's teaser photo, leaving no doubt as to what he is referring to.

The revelation probably comes as no surprise to anyone. The notification bar visible in Rubin's teaser photo looks strikingly identical to the one found on just about every other Android phone. Furthermore, we can't ignore the fact that Rubin is, after all, a co-creator of Android; his deep familiarity with the operating system makes it perfect for his upcoming phone.

With the OS mystery finally put to rest, all that's left to know about the Essential phone is, well, everything else. Hopefully more photos and tweets surface soon to answer our remaining questions.

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John Garcia, 2017-03-29 (Update: 2017-03-29)
John Garcia
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Notebooks, tablets, smartphones, handheld consoles—if it's a computer you can carry with you, then it's in my wheelhouse. I started my journey in tech journalism as a writer for a mobile games website. But the allure of covering hardware soon won me over, so now I'm here at Notebookcheck, sharing my passion with similarly passionate individuals.