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Android co-founder Andy Rubin gives glimpse of secret device he's working on

While Andy Rubin's secretive startup Essential has yet to confirm its product plans, the Android co-founder made his intention to build a phone pretty evident on Monday.

Rubin posted a photo with just a sliver of a phone peeking out, revealing little beyond a modern-looking smartphone.

"I'm really excited about how this is shaping up," Rubin said on Twitter. "Eager to get it in more people's hands...."

Last week, Rubin responded to a Wall Street Journal article saying SoftBank had pulled funding from Essential with a tweet of himself hanging out with Softbank chief Masayoshi Son.

Why it matters: Essential is reportedly seeking a $1 billion valuation with hopes of making a significant impact in a mobile market dominated by Apple and Samsung.