The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that Andy Rubin, C0-creator of Android has decided to leave Google. He is planning to start a Hardware incubator.
Larry Page, Google’s chief executive, in a statement –
“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.”
Mr. Rubin’s departure is part of a series of recent executive moves that seem to give Mr. Page more room to focus on the company’s longer-term bets — like robotics — while handing almost all the responsibility for Google products to Sundar Pichai, a rising star.
Rubin’s departure comes roughly 18 months after he stepped down from leading the Android team at Google. The robotics group will now be led by James Kuffner, who has been at the company since 2009 and has worked on self-driving cars, a Google spokesman said.