Essential is trying to build Android for the smart home

by admin June 1, 2017 at 3:23 am

Andy Rubin’s appearance at the Code Conference last night went a ways toward answering some lingering questions about his new company, Essential. But the conversation primarily centered around the startup’s upcoming phone — Rubin left the dialogue around the company’s take on a smart phone hub, Home, intentionally vague.

But the CEO did take the opportunity to highlight some of the broader ambitions for the project. Home is, in Rubin’s estimation, more than just another Amazon Echo competitor. It’s an ambitious attempt to create a unified hub for all of the different smart assistants vying for market share. One smart hub to rule them all.

At the heart of the play is Ambient, an open-source operating system designed to accommodate third-party offerings like Alexa and Google Assistant. The echoes of Android are pretty hard to miss.