Essential Phone, developed by Android co- founder Andy Rubin, discontinued

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Essential Phone, the smartphone designed and developed by Android co-founder Andy Rubin, is finally dead. Launched in August, 2017, Essential Phone also known as PH-1 was one of the world’s smartphone to come with a notch display – later made mainstream by Apple with iPhone X-series.

Essential Phone was listed as “out of stock” on the company’s e-store last week. The smartphone has also disappeared from Amazon but some third-party retailers are still selling the smartphone. Essential confirmed that the company will no longer replenish the stocks.

“We are sold out of Essential Phone on and won’t be adding any new inventory. We are now hard at work on our next mobile product and will continue to sell accessories and provide speedy software updates and customer support to our existing community,” 9to5Google quoted the company as saying late on Friday.

Owners of the Essential Phone, however, will continue to receive security and firmware updates in future. Interestingly enough, the phone was rumoured to receive updates till Google’s Android Q OS which is expected to roll out in 2020.

Rocky start of Essential Phone
Announced in 2016, Essential was backed by $300 million from several investors. Considered as one of the most ambitious startup of 2018, the company reportedly spent about $100 million on building first wave of its products.

Despite initial interest from the industry and consumers, Essential Phone failed to take off. The smartphone also struggled to sell because of various software bugs and steep price tag. The company quickly expanded into new markets but sales continued to be underwhelming. This led to lay off about 30% of its employees. The company then had about 120 employees.

Following the poor sales, Essential had to drop the plans for a successor to the Essential Phone. The company briefly dropped development of a home smart device which was supposed to compete with Amazon and Google. Earlier this year, Essential was rumoured to be planning to sell itself.

Essential’s brief journey in the consumer electronics space hasn’t been not without controversies. Shortly after the release of its first phone, the company inadvertently leaked data of its customers. Extending apology to its customers, Rubin described the data leak as “humiliating” and that he was “personally responsible” for the error.

“…we made an error in our customer care function that resulted in personal information from approximately 70 customers being shared with a small group of other customers. We have disabled the misconfigured account and have taken steps internally to add safeguards against this happening again in the future,” he wrote in a blog post.

Andy Rubin was back in news in October this year when a report in New York Times claimed that Google had handed him $90 million exit package despite a sexual misconduct allegation. The report also said that Rubin was granted “a stock grant worth $150 million” by Google before his exit in 2014. Rubin, however, dismissed the report saying it had “numerous inaccuracies” and “wild exaggerations.”


UGC cell formed to cull dubious journals headed by Savitribai Phule Pune University staff


The University Grants Commission’s (UGC) National Cell for Journal Analysis to weed out dubious journals was inaugurated by UGC’s vice-chairman Professor Bhushan Patwardhan on Saturday.

Located in the Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) campus, the cell will be headed by Shubhada Nagarkar, assistant professor, department of library and information science, SPPU.

In May, the UGC had disqualified 4,305 journals out of 32,659 from its list of approved journals owing to their dubious nature.

This action followed a study published in the March 25 issue of Current Science journal which had reported a spurt in the number of predatory and dubious journals offering ‘pay and publish’ services to gullible authors.

Patwardhan said that the incidence of research articles published in poor quality journals is very high in India, which has adversely affected the academic reputation of the country. “The UGC national cell in the SPPU will analyse all such journals and then the UGC will give final approval,” he said.

The UGC national cell will have representations from four zones with the north zone represented by the Jawaharlal Nehru University, south zone (Hyderabad University), west zone (Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda) and Tezpur University in the east zone.

In November, the UGC had formed a consortium of academic bodies to prepare and maintain a list of credible journals.

This consortium which is a body of over 20 council members such as Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) and Indian Council of Philosophical Research (ICPR), will recommend the list of journals to the monitoring committee of the UGC cell for further action.


Huawei Y9 (2019) India Launch Teased by Amazon, Registrations Begin

Huawei Y9 (2019) India Launch Teased by Amazon, Registrations Begin

Huawei Y9 (2019) was announced in October this year, but didn’t announce the pricing and availability back then. Two months later, the smartphone has been teased on Amazon India, confirming its arrival in the market soon. The e-commerce giant is taking registrations of interest, and has made the ‘Notify Me’ button live. The key highlights of the Huawei Y9 (2019) smartphone include 6.5-inch display with a notch, dual rear and front cameras, Kirin 710 SoC, 4,000mAh battery, GPU Turbo, and Fingerprint 4.0 identification technology.

Huawei Y9 (2019) price, availability, design

Huawei Y9 (2019) price in India is not yet known, but the smartphone will fall in the budget category, given its specifications. Availability has also not been announced as of yet, but registrations for those who want notifications about the smartphone have started on Amazon India.

The smartphone is seen sporting a display notch up front to house two front camera sensors, and there’s little to no bezel on all the other sides. The back houses the dual camera setup again aligned vertically, a rear fingerprint scanner, and is seen sporting gradient finished rear panel.

Huawei Y9 (2019) specifications

The dual-SIM Huawei Y9 (2019) runs on EMUI 8.2 based on Android 8.1 Oreo. It sports a 6.5-inch (1080×2340 pixels) FullView Display with a 3D curved design, and a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by the Kirin 710 processor and comes with AI Power 7.0. it comes in 3GB RAM + 64GB storage and 4GB RAM + 64GB storage models. There’s no clarity on which variant will come to India.

In terms of optics, the smartphone features a dual rear camera setup with a 13-megapixel main sensor with f/1.8 aperture and a 2-megapixel depth sensor with f/2.4 aperture. The rear setup supports LED flash, HDR, and PDAF. It also sports a dual camera setup at the front, with 16-megapixel main sensor with f/1.0 aperture and another 2-megapixel sensor with f/2.4 aperture. Both the camera setups are claimed to come with some AI-based features.

The Huawei Y9 (2019) comes with Fingerprint 4.0 identification technology that is claimed to unlock the smartphone in 0.3 seconds. The upgraded fingerprint technology also includes fingerprint navigation that enables users to manage all the notifications with one key. It packs a 4,000mAh battery, and connectivity options include Bluetooth, Micro USB, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi Hot Spot, and GPS / AGPS / Glonass. Sensors on board include fingerprint sensor, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, digital compass, gravity sensor, and gyroscope.