The UK Intellectual Property Office has said that none of Carl Bee’s brand new phones have recently bought Andy Rubin’s essential phone. Both companies have not yet commented on this information.
This is an unexpected connection. According to online media 9to5Google, Documents documenting former Android founder Andy Rubin relinquishing ownership of his essential phone brand were recently filed with the UK Intellectual Property Office. The acquirer is new to the smartphone world because it is nothing but a brand new technology co-founded by former co-founder of OnePlus, Carl Bee. The acquisition process began in November 2020 and will be completed by January 6, 2021, according to consultation documents.
But should we expect anything under the essential brand to be released by the smartphone? This seems unlikely at the moment, and the acquisition will specifically target the brand and its logo without specifying the company’s patent. The essential PH-1 smartphone was not a commercial success, far from it, and the brand quickly canceled the development of its prototype “Project Gem”. He has also been working on connected objects since 2017, especially from the hypothetical stage on a smart speaker. For its part, it has no plans to launch its first product this summer: headphones.
The brand points out that its next introductions will consider “smart devices”, and Carl Bee was careful not to mention the integrated smartphone in this ecosystem. Finally, keep in mind that the entrepreneur left OnePlus at the end of 2020, while the company decided to reduce its presence in Europe and the size of its teams.