Andy Rubin’s new smartphone has got all the spotlights shining on it. The man behind the world’s most used mobile operating system is back with yet another take on smartphones with the Essential. The phone is touted to be devoid of all the things that would make it bloated and lethargic instead it’s mostly about the Essentials that have been baked in together, thus the name. Well if we try to exclude Andy Rubin from the equation, is the Ambient OS actually that big a deal? Let’s check out.
The Ambient OS aspires to take over your Amazon Echo, quite literally. The OS is designed to understand the layout of your house, occupants and also the interconnected devices that are in the house. So Ambient OS will add a layer on top of all these devices letting you control it via your phone presumably within a single hub. Yes, it does work like the IFTTT, but again Ambient doesn’t use cloud thus making it much safer.
Ambient OS will control all the devices directly over the local network and stores the data locally. Furthermore, the OS will “suggest” smart new skills and it also tries to learn what one would prefer. The Essential Home encompasses of a voice interface that adds a circular home screen and displays alerts will let you know when to head out of the home so that you can make it to the office.
Yet another talking point is the modularity of the Essentials. One could simply clip on a 360-degree camera unit to the phone. The modular thing works pretty much similar to the Moto Mods. That being said not all details about the Ambient OS is revealed and we need to wait and watch. In a nutshell, the cornerstone of the Ambient operating system is the centralised control hubs for all the SmartThings.