Andy Rubin's Essential secures funding from Amazon, promises Phone release date

Essential Phone release details in a week promised amid $300m raise

With executives headed out the glass door, Andy Rubin's Essential is hurting in morale.

However neither the release date nor the availability of the phone has been confirmed yet. They also reveal that Best Buy and Amazon will be retail partners for the upcoming phone launch.

It's being reported by the Wall Street Journal that Amazon is among the companies which contributed to Essentials $300 million coffers.

The phone's launch is delayed after Rubin, the creator of Google's Android, first promised a June release.

In May, Android co-founder Andy Rubin unveiled his latest endeavor, the Essential PH-1, a smartphone with a near bezel-less display and the ability to accept accessories, such as a 360-degree camera, via its unique pogo pins.




Are you still waiting on the Essential Phone? Now, the company announced it secured investment funding from a few investment giants, including Amazon and Tencent Holdings.

Earlier on Wednesday, the company announced that it's closed a new round of funding.

Rubin said his new phone could find its place by disrupting that duopoly and offering customers something different.

"Essential Products has a compelling vision and roadmap for connected devices that integrates voice technology in novel ways", Paul Bernard, director of corporate development for the Alexa Fund, said in a statement.

The news from Rubin comes via a tweet this afternoon that shows off the Essential Phone through the manufacturing process. "We are excited to see Alexa become part of that vision where interacting with technology is simple, helpful and creates an interface that others can build on and innovate". The phone will also be available through Sprint in the USA and Telus in Canada. Rubin's own Playground venture capital firm and another, Redpoint, chipped into that pot.

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