Andy Rubin's Essential Phone is coming to the United Kingdom, probably

Essential Phone

For the time being, Fouché's position is being held by Essential's head of product marketing.

We're not implying there might be something bad happening over at Essential, but there might be something bad happening over at Essential. In an interview with the Financial Times, chief operating officer Niccolo de Masi said the smartphone's USA launch would be imminent. And now, it seems that other countries around the world will finally get a chance to snag the smartphone for themselves.

The Essential Phone may have missed its June release window in the U.S., but the Essential team is reportedly pushing on with plans to expand the ambitious flagship's availability to the UK, Europe and Japan regardless. United Kingdom carriers such as EE are reportedly in talks with the company to set a launch date for the device, which is seen to be this year. In the US, Sprint is Essential's exclusive partner, and in Canada, it's Telus; however, it's not clear whether the company will take a similar approach in the UK. Essential has reportedly held talks with United Kingdom networks last week to decide on a launch date and a potential exclusive deal.

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Brian Wallace, vice president of marketing at Essential, left the company last week, according to Business Insider. It will also feature a modular-esque accessory system that includes add-ons like a 360-degree camera attachment.

Additionally, de Masi said that they have plans to launch the Essential Phone in the United Kingdom, western Europe, and Japan. Well, we're two weeks past the deadline and the Phone's nowhere to be seen. While there are fans out there who are disappointed by the slight delay, it looks like the wait will be over soon enough. This combined with the for-tech-enthusiasts approach could become Essential's core identity but also its downfall.

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