I recall that on Re/Code with Walt.You know, I had well wishes for the dude when he was starting up with this Essential phone, but during the announcement or interviews near launch, he was with Walt Mossberg, and certain questions he responded to with some very unnecessary and odd criticisms of Apple. Wish I can recall what exactly it was, but in my books he lost a lot of credibility with how he was speaking at that time.
Not surprising anyway that Essential is done.
the other issues I saw was:
He invented or co invented the SideKick/Hiptop OS (Danger, Inc) and left that shortly before it went bust a few years later at T-Mobile. In the tech industry we called it Then Ghetto Blackberry’ lol having supoort calls at T-Mobile L2 where a drug dealer called to have the Sidekick 2 (just launched) added to his account and hearing “shoot I locked it in my car, hold up (crash: broken car window) ... “ hilarious times.
the other issue was Rubin former alumni of Google makes HUGE cash so why did he need funding to launch the product and business before shipping, for nearly two years before the Oh-1 was announced.
He still gets Google royalty - anyone with a new Gmail account still sees the greeting first email with his name in the signature field.
yeah good promise but that interview he avoided a lot of specific questions he should’ve answered.
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oh crap I forgot about that!Isn't Andy Rubin the no-talent hack that came up with Android by copying BlackBerry, and when the iPhone came out they scrapped the whole idea to make a bad copy of iOS? I remember there was some article describing the events around the original iPhone launch and why Steve Jobs was so livid at this guy
It’s like Jobs was plagued with this kind of situation ... like Mac OS and Windows all over again.
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Not completely. Other mobile OS’ has poor direction and very greedy management - Nokia and their S60 (SymbianOS) was split off after a few years into Symbian and it had a chance yet took tooo long to evolve and deliver as an open source or open community. The hardware manufacturers where interested yet nothing solidified because they already were courted by Google’s Android as a clean slate vs Symbian being broken down and rebuilt from base layer.But what you’re describing IS competition working. That force you speak of is called the free market. Those other mobile OSes died off because they got out-competed. And now the two that the market chose are what remains.
Microsoft also had a hand in the duopoly as well when they purchased Nokia only to tear it down (mobile division).
BlackBerry again greedy management (CO CEO founders) just didn’t open up their minds ... they just didn’t get it - BB Storm was evidence of that. They thought the corporate market was the end all and be all. I thought Bb10 had a chance and like Microsoft to Nokia BlackBery also had an internal Trojan horse: head of development team chose to use an app for Android developers to run their apps to create a crude BB10 app to speed app development. It just made matters worse.
Sony’s partnership with Ericsson ended just prior to iPhone announcement so Sony went Android.