Latest in Android

Image credit:

Android co-founder Andy Rubin is leaving Google

179 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Sponsored Links

Just about a year ago we learned Andy Rubin had shifted his focus at Google from Android ("the definition of open") to working with robots, like the ones from its acquisition Boston Dynamics, but tonight reports indicate he is leaving the company entirely. The Information and the Wall Street Journal reported the departure initially, which Google has confirmed. In a statement, CEO Larry Page said "I want to wish Andy all the best with what's next. With Android he created something truly remarkable-with a billion plus happy users. Thank you." The Information reports his departure is the result of some issue with the structure of his team, and that Google research scientist James Kuffner will take over his role directing robotics projects.

Early in 2013 Rubin handed over direction of Android to Sundar Pichai, who recently assumed an even more powerful role at the company. Prior to co-founding Android and eventually selling it to Google, Rubin co-founded Danger Inc. (releasing the Danger Hiptop aka T-Mobile Sidekick), and even worked for both Apple and Carl Zeiss. So what's next for Rubin? Apparently creating an incubator for startups building hardware. That's just vague enough to be incredibly interesting, but for now we'll think back to the good old days and some of the first live Android demos.

[Image credit: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg via Getty Images]

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
179 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Popular on Engadget

Engadget's Guide to Privacy

Engadget's Guide to Privacy

View
Australia will help NASA go to the Moon and Mars

Australia will help NASA go to the Moon and Mars

View
Apple gets US approval for Mac Pro tariff exemptions

Apple gets US approval for Mac Pro tariff exemptions

View
TiVo says all retail DVR owners will see ads before recorded shows

TiVo says all retail DVR owners will see ads before recorded shows

View
Batman comes to 'Fortnite' along with Catwoman and Gotham City

Batman comes to 'Fortnite' along with Catwoman and Gotham City

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr