Essential Home: A compact smart home speaker

Essential Home: A compact smart home speaker

Aside from the Essential Phone, Andy Rubin also announced a second device. If the first will battle the smartphone arena, this one will take on a growing market of smart home speakers.

The Essential Home is a compact smart home speaker with a round display. It has a relative low-profile compared to its Google Home and Amazon Echo counterparts but they function about the same. It runs Ambient OS, a proprietary operating system that’s quite like a larger Android Wear UI, at least in photos.


One of the key features of the Essential Home is it doesn’t heavily use the cloud to perform local functions. It stores data locally and communicates with connected smart device directly.

More information will be available soon. No pricing and availability yet.

This article was contributed by Daniel Morial, a film school graduate and technology enthusiast. He's the geeky encyclopedia and salesman among his friends for anything tech.

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