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

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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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