Andy Rubin is leaving Google, 19 months after he left the Android team

Andy Rubin is leaving Google, 19 months after he left the Android team
Andy Rubin - the man who created Android about a decade ago, ultimately allowing Google to own the fastest growing tech product in history - is now leaving the Mountain View company.

According to The Wall Street Journal, both Andy Rubin and Google have confirmed the departure. Reportedly, Rubin’s next project involves “starting an incubator for startups interested in building technology-hardware products.” Other details haven't been revealed.

The news comes less than two years after Andy Rubin stepped down from leading the Android team in order to take care of other projects at Google (including managing its robotics division). Sundar Pichai took over the Android team, and is still leading it today.

In 2000, Andy Rubin co-founded Danger, Inc. (maker of the iconic T-Mobile Sidekick phone), quitting the company in 2003 to co-found Android, Inc. - which was bought by Google in 2005.

In March 2013, when Andy Rubin announced his departure from Android, he said he was “an entrepreneur at heart”, and that it was “the right time” for him “to start a new chapter within Google.” Well, he definitely remains an entrepreneur at heart, as he’s now starting another new chapter, but this time without Google. We wish Andy Rubin well in his new endeavors!

source: The Wall Street Journal (registration required)

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41 Comments

1. blingblingthing

Posts: 962; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Good luck Andy, Thanks for Android.

12. engineer-1701d unregistered

he always looked like sheldon cooper without hair. love this guy still remember the first interview at tech show he put android ontop of other os and said it reads whats in the phone and maximizes on it first demo in 04 was great

27. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I always thought he looked like a happy version of Moby. Either way thanks for the OS Andy. Good luck.

15. AnTuTu

Posts: 1612; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Great stuff Andy and good luck for your future projects :)

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

This guy created Android, somehow I just don't See him having any problems succeeding in any endeavors he chooses.

3. Micah007

Posts: 266; Member since: Oct 09, 2014

Sad to see him go, but he's still young. I'm sure he has plenty of other things he would like to accomplish. Godspeed, and thanks for Android.

4. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

I hear he left in protest over the ungainly whale that is the Nexus 6 ;-)

9. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

Nothing wrong with the Nexus 6 dude. Its just built for man-sized hands. ;-)

20. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

I don't consider anything larger than 5.2" handset as a phone. It feels unwieldy in pocket and ridiculous when you put it against your ears to talk.

29. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

And the world disagrees with you.

32. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

Not to me. And not to millions. Heck, even CR@ppl3 has jumped on the bandwagon. But like I said, I'm man-sized.

5. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

I'm very welcome him to join us, together with Hugo barra and cyanogenmod oneplus, we are unstoppable

6. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

LOL..."we"? You're just a biased phone seller, you deserve nothing to be in part of Xiaomi, Cyanogenmod and OnePlus, even pretending to be.

16. AnTuTu

Posts: 1612; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

That made me laugh "We" hahahaha

10. iushnt

Posts: 3103; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

haha "we", hthose companies give damn to you

21. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

So since when cyanogenmod became a chinese company?

31. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Yeah, I didn't realize that Seattle was part of the Central Kingdom.

7. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Andy is leaving Google, and Google didn't do any farewell party or event for Andy? Gosh, at least make a bunch of Android robot soldier statues salute outside of Google HQ just for thanking Andy and wishing him a good luck. Oh well. Thanks for the Android, Andy! Good luck!

28. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Justin Hammer: "What can you make them do?" Ivan Vanko: "I can make salute." We all remember how that turned out.

8. alrightihatepickingusernames

Posts: 474; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

Rip in peace :')

22. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

RIP?!

11. memerandroid

Posts: 8; Member since: Oct 27, 2014

+1 for that comment he gave us something really good!!!

13. bendgate unregistered

Thanks for Android.

17. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Thank you Andy :) Good luck for your future

19. pureviewuser

Posts: 501; Member since: Nov 11, 2012

Good luck

24. laughmi

Posts: 283; Member since: Oct 28, 2014

Thanks Andy and we look to Pichai for more Lollipops and eateries :)

26. Odiin

Posts: 373; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

Thank U Andy n all the best for your future endeavours

30. Venkatramanan

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 15, 2014

The truth is all Android fans loves Android because of Google or Samsung. Because the person who invented the OS, is leaving Google. As of now I am seeing just 29 comments to wish him. But if any Samsung or Google product related article reaches 50-100 comments in few hours. I wish Andy all the best. Good luck.

33. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

You're sooo wrong...people started to love google because of android...before android everyone knew google but there was no fan base like that of microsoft or apple... android just created that for google...

34. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Thanks andy!!!! You're one of the reason I'm so happy today!!! God bless you...

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