INTRO: Essential Products launched the Essential Phone in August 2017, showed off a taller phone prototype in October 2019, and ended up getting pack up in February this year. While the corporate went downhill after Essential founder Andy Rubin’s alleged sexual misconduct, the brand’s phone had an enormous fan following, especially among hard-core Android enthusiasts. Now, former Essential employees have teamed up to make a replacement company called OSOM Products, presumably to launch the spiritual successor of Essential Phone.
Essential’s former head of R&D Jason Keats founded the corporate. The team includes Chief Marketing and Merchandising Officer Wolfgang Muller, Principal System programmer Jean-Baptiste Théou, Camera Engineering Head Nick Franco, programmer Gary Anderson, Supply Chain Director Kevin Chen, and former Essential’s Head of Operations Wilson Chan.
For those wondering, Andy Rubin isn’t related to this new company, a minimum of for now and doubtless for the foreseeable future. Instead, VC investor Andrew Zalasin has joined the corporate because of the new CEO.
The company has found out a basic website but it doesn’t reveal the brand’s portfolio just yet. Right now, OSOM Products is within the process of scaling up its workforce. consistent with Keats, the corporate is getting to hire up to 30 employees by the top of the year in multiple tech fields.
Apart from Project Gem, Essential had two phones namely Essential PH-2 and PH-3 within the pipeline, whose design was revealed earlier this year by Essential’s lead designer Kevin Hoffman. it’ll be interesting to ascertain if OSOM Products will bring these two phones to life, or revive Project Gem, perhaps as a refined version. For now, we’ll need to wait to ascertain what OSOM Products has planned for its potential customers.