OnePlus founder establish Essential – Carl Pei no longer works at OnePlus and has founded a new company called Nothing. The first product from the new manufacturer will be a set of wireless earplugs, but the intention is that eventually more will be done with smarthome. Now it turns out that the new company owner is from the Essential brand, which was founded by Android founder Andy Rubin.
OnePlus founder establish Essential and Nothing
The transition process was completed on January 6, but treatment was requested as early as November 2020. All brand names, the logo and the brand itself are therefore owned by Pei’s Nothing, but it is not clear to what extent that company will also get hold of all patents. This does not immediately mean that Nothing will make smartphones, but it cannot be ruled out completely.
Essential once planned one smarthomehub that would run on the Ambient OS, a self-developed operating system. That device was supposed to appear at the end of 2017, but that never happened. Nothing plans to release smart products in the first half of 2021; however, it is not clear whether the former Essential engineers are employed by the OnePlus founder’s new company.
The intention is that we will hear more about Nothing’s plans in the coming days, via the official website. The company recently raised more than $ 22 million through an investment round, of which 15 million is from Google.