Essential Seizes its Operations: The Company Shuts Down After 4 Years of a Modest Presence

Do you remember the Essential Phone? This was a device from a company that was new. This device was the embodiment of what the future was going to look like. But then it just died out. We saw various price cuts for the device but sadly, it couldn’t catch the market by a storm like it was meant to.

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Having said that, the company hadn’t shown any promising growth either. The second generation of the device, the Essential PH-2 was canceled last year. We got a little stream of hope though when in October, the company announced Project GEM. A mobile device, it was aimed at reshaping the concept of how we interact with our devices. Today though, that boat has met its inevitable iceberg as well. According to a blog post on Essential’s own website, they posted an announcement. The company started by going over its journey into the market and the went on to say that it is seizing its operations and services, effective immediately. This, although saddening, did not come off as a shocker. A company that showed great promise couldn’t really capitalize on its claims and plans.

The company claims in the post that it worked hard with its hardware and cloud-based team to make Project GEM the ultimate device. Essential worked with CloudMagic to give Newton Mail. The post then continues to share a bunch of rendered videos of what the Project GEM was capable of and what they were aiming to do with it.

Lastly, Essential added that the February update for the Essential phone was the last one and the company would not endorse any future updates. Despite that, a prebuilt version of their build would be available on GitHub. This opens opportunities for hackers and developers. We might see improvements in the software if it is made open-ended like that.


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Sarmad Burki


Sarmad Burki is a Mathematician and a Economist with a passion for all things gaming and tech. His academics and professional experience combined with tech and gaming adds to his skills giving him a unique ability to observe the tech and gaming industry from various prespectives.
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