Andy Rubin, co-founder and former CEO of Android, debuted a new line of products today, including one intended to compete with the Amazon.com (AMZN) - Get Report Echo and Alphabet's (GOOGL) - Get Report Google Home.
Rubin's new firm Essential unveiled today its Essential Home, a small round-shaped device with a display that provides relevant information dependent on the time of day, including traffic updates.
Essential Home runs a custom operating system called "Ambient OS" that can allow users to control their smart homes, play music, ask questions, set timers and more.
Users can interact with Essential Home by speaking to it, tapping it or even looking at it.
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