Andy Rubin might have not left Android amicably

Andy Rubin might have not left Android amicably
Just a couple of weeks ago Google surprisingly announced that Android head Andy Rubin is stepping down from the project he created and will be replaced by Chrome head Sundar Pichai. That sounded strange at first, but Google clarified that Rubin is staying with Google and speculation mounted he would handle special projects in Google’s X Labs.

We couldn’t shake off that feeling of surprise, though, and now an interesting theory speculates that Andy Rubin did not part ways with its beloved Android project amicably. Instead, it seems Google chief executive Larry Page pushed him out of there.

Interestingly, just a week before Google announced Rubin will step down from his position as head of Android, Andy went very active on a certain social network. It was not Google Plus, and it was not Twitter - instead he became active on Facebook posting pictures, changing his profile information and cover image. This might not seem all that noteworthy, but let’s just say it is a bit strange coincidence.

Adding more fuel to the fire is speculation that Page and Rubin differ in their views about the importance of Andriod. While it’s clearly hugely important for the company, Page sees the platform as more of a vessel for the company’s ads and is not all that worried about say Samsung being a direct threat. In contrast, Rubin has allegedly said at a meeting that the Motorola acquisition could mean hedging the bets of one Android manufacturer becoming too strong.

That difference in views and the Facebook outburst of activity are not conclusive evidence, but mean there could have been something more to Andy Rubin’s demise from Android.

source: Business Insider, Marketingland

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30 Comments

1. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

let the Conspiracy theories begin

23. cheetah2k

Posts: 2290; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

How about PA do something useful for a change and line up an interview with Andy and ask the questions?? Could very well be the first non-propaganda article ever seen on PA!

2. sheik

Posts: 249; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

Change is good. Thats the silver lining in this recent google's executives shuffle.

3. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Sounds complicated, Andy Rubin steps down, Sundar Pichai steps up, Google chief executive Larry Page pushed Rubin out of there...................

6. MikeG77

Posts: 426; Member since: Nov 24, 2008

I think that Page saw Rubin as a threat to his control of Google and was worried that if infighting were to occur that he could get ousted. I think Rubin has every right to be concerned as he has been heading Android to where it is at this point and he smart enough to realize that Samsung could really hurt Android AND Google if they get too big. Samsung could negotiate a higher percentage of advertising revenue or stop using android entirely which means less money for Google.

8. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Well, if Page think like that, he's wrong. Rubin is not a threat, he handles Android (Google) very well. But " stop using android entirely which means less money for Google." is not a good idea, what's next OS for Samsung if it stop using Android? 1. Windows Phone? A BIG NO, only Nokia can make a true WP. 2. Tizen? Not so attractive, just a start. 3. Symbian? Its dead, but if Samsung can revive Symbian back alive, I need to salute to Samsung for that.

9. MikeG77

Posts: 426; Member since: Nov 24, 2008

If its not that then what???? Now in regards to it hurting Android/Google and Samsung its simple math. If Samsung pressures Google and Google has to pay them more for whatever revenue generated means less money in Google's pocket. Now if Samsung decides to step away now you you have less Android devices being sold which in turn means less advertising revenue for Google and ultimately a drop in stock price. Oh and Rubin is a threat to Page regardless of what you think. If you worked for a company and help build something from the ground up yo wouldn't want someone coming in and making changes that aren't needed. By removing Rubin now Page possibly has someone in like Pichai that may be more receptive to his ideas.

10. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

I agree with you!

13. MikeG77

Posts: 426; Member since: Nov 24, 2008

LOL thanks. This whole situation just doesn't make sense to me why Rubin stepped down. I guess only time will tell.

16. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Your welcome. In my opinion, Rubin is still the best and can handle Android very well....... But, we will just wait for the answer.

24. cheetah2k

Posts: 2290; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

MikeG77 could be on to something here. From all accounts of the pure popularity of the Galaxy range of handsets, and Samsung's customisation of Android (touchwiz), I'm thinking Google needs Samsung more than Samsung needs Google at the moment.....

25. Just.Saying

Posts: 132; Member since: Apr 04, 2013

Well, there is Ubuntu. The open-source Linux-based operating system. Mark Shuttleworth is the first south african to travel to space so im sure he can be the first south african to take on google head on. I mean, Did Larry Page visit Space - Just Saying. South Africans can take on the big boys.

26. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Oh.....Ubuntu! I almost forget that!

29. Jack1192

Posts: 35; Member since: Mar 30, 2013

Nice theory about Saffers. Don't forget Elon Musk, he is from South Africa as well.

27. Jack1192

Posts: 35; Member since: Mar 30, 2013

number 3, is exactly like number 1. Only Nokia can revive Symbian, and for that matter make a true symbian device. It doesn't seem to me that Samsung will alter course. They are just prepping up Tizen to make sure Google knows that Samsung is not completely reliant on Android, and that they are building a strong back up plan in the form of Tizen. p.s. I am still cursing Elop to this day.

30. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Hahaha....according to some users, they said that Symbian is dying before Elop came to Nokia. Take it easy dude......But I agree with you!

18. RomeoJDR

Posts: 245; Member since: Dec 09, 2011

I think your onto something. Page saw Rubin as a primary threat to his position with Android raising Google's profit margin exponentially. What easier way to prevent someone from gaining enough traction with the board to take over the thrown then to cast them off to a lower profile position? Android is a strong platform that continually to take market share from iOS while improving with each version with big new features in contrast to iOS's incremental upgrades. Why would anyone get demoted for a job well done? If Rubin felt Samsung becoming too dominant was a potential threat I would listen to him.

4. MrJerry

Posts: 403; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

If this is true, I don't understand Andy Rubin's theory. Simple logic: 1. The better, the more Android devieces for Google. 2. Samsung chose Android, not the other way around. 3. If it has to, Samsung is the one who have to worry Android's dominating in their devices and may consider second best. Samsung might ask something special treat from Google and he might not like it. but hell can they ask some? Aren't they your best customer?

28. Jack1192

Posts: 35; Member since: Mar 30, 2013

Samsung gets a chunk of the revenue Android is making thru adverts.

5. terabyteRouser

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Wow, he changed his Facebook profile indicates he left unamicably?

7. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

Lol must be a slow news day...if there really was an issue between page and Andy dont you think in a world where everything is leaked we would have heard murmurs before and after andy leaving... Sometimes things are what they are and there isn't no ulterior motive... People leave or change jobs all the time.

11. BackHandLegend

Posts: 80; Member since: Dec 15, 2012

I honestly don't think the direction Google is headed. They removed ads because of the new guy, and forced some third party apps to back down (not just ad removers). While it was against google's rules to make ad blocking apps they didn't really care and made no big deal about it, but let me tell you. I'd rather be safe with an adblocker on any device, than face harsh consequences later, because you never know if and when one day an ad is infected and steals your information. If things keep going the way they're going, I and a lot of devs who make custom roms are switching to Ubuntu OS. I ask that many of you not put up with Google's bulls**t and do the same.

14. MikeG77

Posts: 426; Member since: Nov 24, 2008

No matter what OS you deal with your going to have issues BUT i agree with you on the privacy concern.

21. BackHandLegend

Posts: 80; Member since: Dec 15, 2012

Yes, but canonical has never been about ads. They provide Ubuntu at no cost and all they do is ask for donations. Plus linux OSes are among the most open source.

12. Dion25

Posts: 42; Member since: Jul 25, 2012

Both Companies have backup plans, if things ever went sour between the two. Imo I'd say Google still holds the Ace. Samsung Mobile doesn't get to be this big without Android. The hardware is excellent, but without the OS it's just great Hardware. If they for whatever reason dont use android any longer, there's still, Sony, Htc, Lg, Motorola, and many others. However can Samsung survive with only their Tizen OS?

15. MikeG77

Posts: 426; Member since: Nov 24, 2008

If you look at all the manufacturers you mentioned none of them really have the capacity to produce/sell as many devices as Samsung.

17. Dion25

Posts: 42; Member since: Jul 25, 2012

I meant as a whole. Maybe not one of them can match exactly what Samsung can do from a market/distribution point, but as a collective, they can. Samsung has grown to where they are, thanks to in large to android. I'm sure Sony, Lg, Motorola, would up their production to fill Samsungs void if given the opportunity.

19. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

He had even threatened chief of Motorola .... no wonder Samsung said Andy was hard to work with ...

20. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

Now I'm very wary whenever someone I his or her FB profile info.

22. DavidRedpath

Posts: 7; Member since: Apr 03, 2013

I made a compass app to pay tribute to Andy's work at the helm (Google Pay - Andy's Compass). It's coming out he may not have been the most friendly towards Google's partners today, I'm sure Android didn't get where it is today by not stepping on a few toes

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