The OSOM OV1 is from the same people who brought you the Essential Phone

The OSOM OV1 is from the same people who brought you the Essential Phone

Tech Highlights:

  • As you can see in the photos in this article, the OSOM OV1 smartphone will have two rear-facing cameras, a rear-facing fingerprint sensor, and a flat backplate. It will also run on a Qualcomm chipset, though OSOM did not reveal which one. We can expect the OV1 to be a premium smartphone, but it likely won’t target ultra-premium devices like the Galaxy S21 Ultra, Pixel 6 Pro, or iPhone 13 Pro. The full list of OSOM OV1 specs will reportedly be announced at MWC in February 2022, so we still have a few months to wait. The company is shooting for a summer 2022 release date for its first phone.

  • Andy Rubin’s Essential’s downfall in 2020 was unexpected, but essential. Despite the fact that the company’s CEO and creator turned out to be a jerk, Essential had a lot of solid ideas and, perhaps most significantly, a team of people who were still determined to shake things up in the smartphone market. In September 2020, Jason Keats, the former chief of R&D at Essential, announced the formation of a new firm named OSOM Products, which will be independent of Rubin. One of OSOM’s objectives is to give privacy-focused products to Android users who desire a little more from their phones. Today, we’ll take a look at the OSOM OV1, the company’s first smartphone. Ryne Hager of Android Police got down with Jason Keats, the creator and CEO of OSOM, to discuss the OV1.

So, what makes the OSOM OV1 stand out? Keats told Android Police that the OV1 will still run a stock-like build of Android — similar to the Essential Phone — with some added customizations for privacy and security. These enhancements will supposedly help users control what is and isn’t shared to and from their Android phone. In fact, Keats says OSOM’s privacy and security features are “100-fold” more powerful than Android’s existing privacy indicators. Privacy and security were among the first pain points the OSOM team wanted to address when creating the OV1. Keats explained [We] sat down and said, ‘What is something we can address?’ And we said, ‘Well, I’m really annoyed at how much my phone and other companies know what I’m doing. OSOM has been going back and forth with Google to ensure its software is compatible with GMS and MADA requirements.

For those worried about the Essential Phone’s main downfall, the camera, OSOM has been “spending a lot of time and money” to make sure the camera doesn’t completely suck. Not much else is known about the OSOM OV1, aside from vague availability details. The OSOM OV1 will be sold in the US, Canada, and a few European countries next year. The company is supposedly foregoing carrier partnerships altogether in the US, so you’ll only be able to buy the device unlocked.

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