There won’t be an Essential Phone 2 but ex-employees may make a spiritual successor Essential Phone

Former staff of Essential, which made the fan-favorite Essential Phone, have gathered under a new company called OSOM Products that was founded by prior Essential R&D head Jason Keats. 

Essential shut down in early February 2020 over both controversy following founder Andy Rubin and lukewarm Essential Phone sales. As first reported by Android Police, OSOM has had a LinkedIn presence since at least February 2020, and several of Keats’ tweets have quietly announced staff expansions at OSOM – including hiring six former Essential staffers, per this June tweet