Essential Phone coming to United Kingdom, followed by Western Europe and Japan

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There was consternation back in May when Andy Rubin's Essential PH-1 phone was revealed as an exclusive of America's fourth placed network, Sprint.

Andy Rubin, the author of the Android OS, has recently created a startup Essential, which a few weeks ago introduced the Essential mobile Phone.

Brian Wallace joined Essential in December to head up marketing.

In other news, the company is reportedly in talks with British carriers on a United Kingdom launch.

Andy Fouché, an advisor who also worked as Essential's head of communications, left the company last month, according to Business Insider.

The Essential Phone looks promising: it offers pure Android experience (after all, it's Andy Rubin we're talking about), a mesmerizing design thanks to the ceramic body and titanium frame, as well as impressive specs, including its modular back.

Internally, the phone sports its share of high-end specifications, including a 2,560 x 1,312-pixel display and a Snapdragon 835 processor. Essential COO Niccolo de Masi sat down with FT for a brief chat and revealed that bit about launch and also threw in some global plans. Within Canada, the company has a similar agreement with carrier Telus and is reportedly working to lock down additional partnerships with worldwide carriers in Japan and Europe.

We're still waiting for the Essential Phone to launch in the USA, and now it's been revealed that folks in a few other parts of the globe are going to be waiting with us. Essential also announced plans to launch Home, a voice-controlled speaker-like device for smart home devices. For the time being, Fouché's position is being held by Essential's head of product marketing.