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Rabbit R1 shown running on Google Pixel 6A leaves CEO defending hardware

It has been suggested that Rabbit R1 is an Android app. (Image source: Rabbit)
It has been suggested that Rabbit R1 is an Android app. (Image source: Rabbit)
Fresh questions are being asked of the Rabbit R1 following allegations that it is an Android app. The Rabbit R1’s software was shown running on a Google Pixel 6A in a video, though the origins of the launcher APK are unclear. Rabbit’s CEO has responded to defend the R1’s hardware, priced at $199.

The Rabbit R1’s software has been shown running on a Google Pixel 6a. The Rabbit R1 was launched in January by Teenage Engineering as a pocket-sized AI gadget with a $199 RRP. The device features a 2.88 inch touchscreen with a navigation scroll wheel and an 8MP camera. Since its unveiling, many have questioned why specific hardware was needed for this AI functionality and whether it could have been released as an app.

Now, in a report for Android Authority, Mishaal Rahman suggests that Rabbit R1 is, in fact, an Android app. A linked video demonstrates Rabbit R1 running on the Google Pixel 6a, with the user verbally asking a question and appearing to receive an AI generated response. Rahman indicated that a tipster had shared the Rabbit R1 launcher’s APK, though further details on the source or evidence that the APK is genuine have yet to be provided.

According to the report, some amendments were needed to get the app running on the Pixel device. Rahman could then use the rabbithole to create an account and log-in to access the AI assistant. It was noted that other features, such as the integration with Spotify and the Vision tool, had not been tested and may not work.

In response to the article and associated video, Rabbit’s CEO Jesse Lyu has defended the need for hardware. In a statement sent directly to Rahman, the company denied that Rabbit R1 was an Android app. Plus, in a post on X, the company said it knew of unofficial rabbit OS emulators and warned others against testing a bootlegged APK:

we are aware there are some unofficial rabbit OS app/website emulators out there. we understand the passion that people have to get a taste of our AI and LAM instead of waiting for their r1 to arrive. that being said, to clear any misunderstanding and set the record straight, rabbit OS and LAM run on the cloud with very bespoke AOSP and lower level firmware modifications, therefore a local bootleg APK without the proper OS and Cloud endpoints won’t be able to access our service. rabbit OS is customized for r1 and we do not support third-party clients. using a bootlegged APK or webclient carries significant risks; malicious actors are known to publish bootlegged apps that steal your data. for this reason, we recommend that users avoid these bootlegged rabbit OS apps.

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Polly Allcock, 2024-05- 1 (Update: 2024-05- 1)