Essential acquires CloudMagic, the company behind Newton Mail

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Newton Mail gets a fresh start under Essential.

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Newton Mail was a popular third-party alternative to
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, and even though the service had over 40,000 paying customers, it was
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. Interestingly, the app has continued to work since then, and we now know the reason why: Essential has acquired CloudMagic — the company behind Newton Mail — for an undisclosed fee, with the email service likely ending up as an exclusive offering on Essential's devices.

In a statement to
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, an Essential spokesperson said:


We are always on the lookout for companies with great technology and talent to help accelerate our product roadmap.

Essential itself isn't having a great year. The company
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for a successor to the
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, and a report from October suggested the company laid off nearly
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. Founder Andy Rubin was said to be mulling an outright sale earlier this year, but that doesn't look to be the case anymore.

Rubin himself came under fire after a
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revealed sexual impropriety during his time at Google, and while he denied those claims, the backlash led to Google introducing a
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to deal with harassment issues.

Essential is now said to be working on an AI-powered phone that you can control with voice commands, and while it's unclear where Newton Mail fits into that vision, it's possible Essential is leveraging CloudMagic tech to power its upcoming smart replies feature.

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