Who responds to a nine-month-old tweet with news about an upcoming phone announcement? Andy Rubin, apparently. The Founder and CEO of Essential may be going through a (likely very messy) divorce, but he took the time today to respond to a near-ancient Twitter discussion telling folks to "hang tight" and that his company would "make an announcement" in regards to tweets encouraging Essential to release another phone.

https://twitter.com/Arubin/status/1138408957880332288?s=19

Details here are incredibly sparse, with just seven words and context to go on, but it certainly sounds like Essential may be gearing up to make an announcement regarding a new phone soon. Rubin teased the original Essential Phone at Recode Code Conference back in 2017, and this year's conference is currently ongoing until tomorrow. He isn't listed as a scheduled speaker, but we might be in for a surprise.

It's also possible there's a more innocuous explanation: It could be that Rubin just hasn't checked Twitter since last year and this is just a much delayed, generic tease. His last tweet was back in October, after all.

We'll just have to wait and see.