Andy Rubin’s new company already got screwed by Apple

Essential Smartphone vs Apple

Andy Rubin, the former Googler who founded Android, is no stranger to fighting with Apple. After all, he and his mobile platform have been locked in an unending battle with the iPhone for the last ten years. But even though his new company doesn't have much to do with mobile operating systems, it's already lost out because of Apple.

During a talk yesterday evening, Rubin confirmed that Essential, his new company, lost out on a $100 million investment because of a perceived conflict with Apple. For a company that's technically a startup, a $100 million investment is nothing to laugh at.

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