Andy Rubin reportedly considers starting a company to build new Android smartphones

Andy Rubin reportedly considers starting a company to build new Android smartphones
Andy Rubin, who helped create the Android OS that was sold to Google back in 2005, could be looking to start a new smartphone company. Rubin, who joined Google with the purchase, left Android in March 2013 and was replaced as top man on the totem pole by Sundar Pichai. 19 months later, Rubin decided to leave Google entirely.

This time, Rubin is said to be interested in building a new Android handset, perhaps a high-end unit that would compete in the same space as the Apple iPhone. The project could be well funded thanks to Rubin's own $300 million Playground Fund, which invests in start-up situations. He also has connections among venture capitalists. With Rubin's resume, finding cash to fund a new venture shouldn't be a problem, anyway.

Rubin is reportedly looking for people to join him in his new business. It also is unclear whether Rubin would be running this new company. If Andy Rubin succeeds in hardware as he did in software, Android fans just might have an exciting new phone to look forward to.

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source: TheInformation via TheVerge

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18 Comments

1. jojon

Posts: 433; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

..just what the world needs, another Android phone. I could not think of a better way to whittle away $300m

6. tedkord

Posts: 17312; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Choice is scary, isn't it?

10. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Good! Looking forward to see what Andy Rubin could bring to the table.

2. Tziggy14

Posts: 624; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

With the monopoly his invention has on smartphones all over the globe on a level that Microsoft Windows had matched with PCs, im surprised this guy isn't Bill Gates-level rich. lol

3. HASHTAG unregistered

While it's his choice, is it really necessary?

4. Tondern

Posts: 164; Member since: Feb 23, 2015

Well looks like he's still loyal to Google, even if he decided to quit. He didn't switch sides so to speak. Now we just need pure Android on a smartphone that rivals Samsung's best.

5. Tziggy14

Posts: 624; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

Pure Android, I don't think so. These were his exact words years back. "As always, device makers are free to modify Android to customize any range of features for Android devices. This enables device makers to support the unique and differentiating functionality of their products. And further, that it is not in the approach of Android's development to lock-down or restrict custom UIs."

7. tedkord

Posts: 17312; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

That doesn't mean that Rubin our anyone else can't make a pure Android phone.

13. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Correct, he means manufacturers CAN modify Android if they want, it doesn't mean they HAVE to. What he said wasn't a slight at so called pure Android either, he's basically saying pure and skinned Android are both fine and can coexist together.

8. SuperAndroid507

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

Yeah, and if that's the case, we should expect another forked Android in the basket, because, how you can just combat fragmentation than with more fragmentation.

17. AlikMalix unregistered

Who cares about fragmentation, if there's at least one device that has the best of all competition...

16. AlikMalix unregistered

I'm actually curious what this may become... Is this really going to be different than Nexus brand? What will be different? This might turn out to be a great thing developing..

19. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

not surprising since his old friend already find success with xiaomi brand

20. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Different from Nexus or Nexus alike otherwise IPhone of Android phones could end up being a number in plethora of OEMs. What apple simply does very well is reliability and consistently that's what missing in android realm.

21. avishekmukherjee

Posts: 362; Member since: Apr 09, 2015

Wow superb

22. darkkjedii

Posts: 30969; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Why not? In House integration isn't all bad, it's paid dividends for Apple. Hook it up Goog.

23. Zylam

Posts: 1813; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

But he's not technically in house any more. I know he's the father of Android but he cut his ties with Google. But would definitely be interesting to see his vision for the hardware, hell he might do such an incredible job that Google buys him out and makes his phones the Pixel series LOL, now that would be nostalgic.

24. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

An intriguing possibility :)

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