If you've been wondering where the Essential Phone is, here's a sign of life.
On Thursday, Sprint announced that its customers can preorder the phone created by Andy Rubin, who a decade or so ago brought you Android, Google's mobile OS. Sprint is the exclusive carrier for the Essential Phone, though you can also buy it unlocked from Essential.com for $699. The advantage of ordering through Sprint is that you can pay for the phone through a monthly plan instead of all at once.
With Sprint's deal, customers can get the phone half-off and pay $14.58 a month over a year and a half. Preorders are available only for the black model, with Sprint promising more colors "at a later date." You can see details here.
Rubin's phone project faced criticism after itof late June. Then on July 21, the company promised it would start shipping " ."
On Wednesday, Essential said preorders will ship in a week. We shall see.
First published, Aug. 17, 6:24 a.m. PT.
Update, 7:23 a.m. PT: Adds announcement from Essential.