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Godfather of Android teases new bezel-free smartphone

Essential Products’
first smartphone may look a bit like this.
Photo: Xiaomi

Bezel-free screens are set to become the biggest trend in
Android smartphones this year, if a new teaser from the creator
of Android is any indicator.

Former Google employee and godfather of
Android, Andy Rubin, tweeted an image this afternoon hinting at
the smartphone he’s been working on at his new company. You can
only see a corner of the screen, but it looks pretty

Take a look:

new smartphone is a product of Rubin’s newest company,
Essential Products. Early rumors have claimed the phone will
use AI software as one of its distinguishing features.

Android handset makers have already showed off similar
bezel-free designs. Xiaomi Mi MIX concept has an edge-to-edge
1080p display. Leaked images of the upcoming Galaxy S7 phone
show that Samsung is taking a similar approach with its screens

hard to tell what operating system Rubin’s Essential phone is
running based on the small corner of the screen showing the
time and network info. Essential is expected to officially
unveil the phone sometime in mid-2017.

is also rumored to be experimenting with a bezel-free screen
for the iPhone 8. The device will supposedly feature an
all-glass body with a curved display. Other features could
include wireless charging, improved cameras, Augmented Reality
features, facial recognition and more.

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