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Android co-founder Andy Rubin launches Essential Phone

Andy Rubin, one of the creators of Google's Android software, has launched his own high-end smartphone - Essential Phone.  Mr Rubin left Google in 2014 to create Playground, a technology investment company. Essential is one of the companies it funds - and the Essential Phone is its first product. The device runs the Android operating system and has gone on sale in the US for $699. However, it will be difficult to break into the huge market dominance of established brands. Samsung currently has the largest share of…