Andy Rubin, co-founder and former leader of Google’s Android mobile business, has decided to bid goodbye to Google and start an incubator for startups interested in building technology hardware products.
Since Sundar Puchai was put in charge of Android in early 2013, Rubin was heading Google’s nascent robotics efforts and also said to be working on a secret project. Google made a number of remarkable acquisitions since then. James Kuffner, a research scientist at Google and a member of the robotics group, will replace Rubin and will continue investing in the division, said Google.
Google CEO Larry Page said-
I want to wish Andy all the best with what’s next. With Android he created something truly remarkable—with a billion plus happy users.
Google acquired Android in 2005 and Rubin helped build it into the world’s most-popular mobile operating system. Rubin’s earlier works include development of Danger, the first cloud-based smartphone around. Rubin said he “didn’t really have any issues with independence” at Google and left because he wanted to do something new on his own.