Andy Rubin’s Essential has received CloudMagic, makers of the Newton email app, for an undisclosed sum. The information, first reported this morning, has since been showed via TechCrunch.
An Essential spokesperson introduced the next admittedly open-ended observation, “We are always on the lookout for companies with great technology and talent to help accelerate our product roadmap.”
What exactly that roadmap looks as if is any person’s wager. CloudMagic shuttered its top class email providing in September, leaving some 40,000 paid subscribers within the lurch. Likely the app will paintings its method into Essential’s choices, by the use of the following iteration of its handset, or the recently MIA house hub.
The information comes on the finish of a rocky yr for Essential. The startup reportedly shipped few handsets up to now yr, with rumors persisting surrounding Rubin’s plans to promote the corporate. In October, Essential laid off round a 3rd of its group of workers.
That identical month, Rubin used to be the topic of a bombshell New York Times piece about sexual misconduct all through his time at Google. The Android co-creator later took to social media to name out the piece’s “numerous inaccuracies” and “wild exaggerations.”
The acquisition may level to a newfound trail for the corporate, which has lengthy denied rumors that it used to be taking a look to promote, as an alternative “putting all of [its] efforts towards future, game-changing products, which include mobile and home products.”