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Android co-founder has a plan to cure our smartphone addiction

The Essential Phone is an anomaly: a sleek, premium smartphone

Mark Gurman & Brad Stone | Bloomberg 

During a recent outing to a fancy restaurant, Andy Rubin spotted an all-too-familiar tableau: A couple on what seemed to be a first date taking pictures of their food and then losing themselves in their smartphones for the next 10 minutes. Rubin is partly responsible for this anti-social behaviour; he helped create Android, which powers 85 per cent of the world’s smartphones. Rubin acknowledges the downsides to the smartphone revolution he helped unleash and says his new hardware company, Essential, is working on ways to solve the tendency to check one’s phone every five minutes. ...

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First Published: Mon, August 21 2017. 04:08 IST