Android founder Andy Rubin is no longer working at Google



After Andy Rubin helped build the best mobile operating system the world has ever seen, it took many by surprise when he decided to leave Android last year to pursue other ventures, building robots within Google’s secretive X labs. Today, The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Android co-founder is now leaving Google entirely, creating an “incubator” for new hardware-based startups.

It’s not really directly Android-related per se, but given Andy Rubin is the Godfather of Android, we’re sure this comes as a major blow to Google and the people who’ve worked closely with him for so many years. Google CEO Larry Page had this to say on Rubin’s departure:

“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.”

According to Jessica Lessin of The Information, Rubin was looking for more freedom from his robotics unit, similar to the independent anti-aging company, Calico. Best of luck to him.

Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. Noooooooooooooo!

  2. Atleast Android will continue to be good! Unlike when steeve jobs left../died.

    1. It has got better with Material design and better functions with L, let’s pray Duarte doesn’t leave, Ever..

  3. Thanks Andy for giving us ‘Andy’ (Android). Be blessed.

  4. I feel dead inside.

  5. The day after the crappy launch of the Nexus 6, start spreading a rumor that he left because of the messed up launch.

  6. The Andy behind Android has definitely got talent and pedigree so will be exciting to see what he drums up next! Wish him all the best!

  7. This feels like the day my dad left home.

    1. Oh god

    2. This feels like a weird kind of troll about your home.

  8. Likely he got fed up with all the feature-stripping of Android and limitations Google put on him.

  9. This IS Android related! There would be NO ANDROID without Andy Rubin. In fact it was only because of Andy Rubin and the Danger Hiptop(T-mobile sidekick) that I became an early adopter and started developing Android Apps before the G! was released. Can’t wait to see what he makes next!

  10. This is great news! Using his talents to foster/incubate new hardware — sweet !

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