Andy Rubin back at Essential after being away for less than two weeks

Andy Rubin back at Essential after being away for less than two weeks
Just before the end of last month, Android co-founder Andy Rubin took a leave of absence from his latest corporate vehicle Essential. According to a report from The Information, Rubin had left Google back in 2014 after complaints about an "inappropriate" relationship with a female Googler led to a investigation. Rubin allegedly failed to follow Google policy that prevents supervisors and subordinates from having a relationship. No, this wasn't a case of sexual harassment, but Google did close its investigation by stating that Rubin's behavior was "improper and showed bad judgment."

While at Google, Rubin was never accused of misconduct. Still, in the current environment, Rubin and Essential felt it wise for him to take a breather. And now, less than two weeks later, Rubin has returned. He comes back to Essential just as the Essential Phone is about to experience its first holiday shopping season. Speaking of holiday shopping, Best Buy is currently offering the unlocked version of the device for $200 off at $499.99, a 29% discount.

Thanks to its bi-weekly AMAs on Reddit, executives of the company were able to reveal that a sequel is coming. A recent AMA also revealed that the most demanded new feature for an Essential Phone 2 is an IP certification rating. Will that happen? Essential employees say that adding such protection to the phone would have resulted in bigger bezels and a thicker footprint for the company's first handset.

source: AndroidAuthority

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7 Comments

1. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Now that's a shocker

2. Phullofphil

Posts: 1762; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Does and body have any mor info or timers on what he did.

3. Furbal unregistered

Relationship with a subordinate I believe. Consensual but inappropriate/against policy for workplace

4. cmdacos

Posts: 4106; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

A quick chat with the sexual harrassment panda and back at work!

5. logicsdude

Posts: 83; Member since: Jun 25, 2014

"Best Buy is currently offering the unlocked version of the device for $200 off at $499.99" Yeah, so are Amazon and Essential themselves. It's not a discount, it's a price drop.

6. WPX00

Posts: 511; Member since: Aug 15, 2015

I guess you could say Essential felt Andy was... Essential.

7. bryancotton84

Posts: 14; Member since: May 10, 2012

Is no one reading these articles about this? There was NO sexual harassment. He had a consensual relationship with a junior employee. It's against policy at Google so he was reprimanded and Essential had him take a leave of absence to save face.

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