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Andy Rubin, former head of Android, is leaving Google

Andy Rubin, a co-founder of Android and long time employee of Google, is leaving the company. In Android circles Rubin is best known for his time leading the Android division at Google after his company was acquired in 2005, only to move after many years to head up robotics efforts at the company instead. Sundar Pichai has led Google's Android efforts since Rubin made the move in 2013.

Since moving to lead the robotics "moonshot" at Google Rubin oversaw the acquisition of multiple robotics companies, including Boston Dynamics, to strengthen its efforts in the field.

Rubin is leaving Google to start his own company focused on technology hardware (and you can bet robots are somehow involved), though Google is still staying committed to robotics after he leaves. James Kuffner, who works in Google's robotics group, will take over Rubin's position at the top.

CEO of Google Larry Page voiced his thanks to Rubin for his time at the company, saying: "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. Thank you."

Source: WSJ

Andrew was an Executive Editor, U.S. at Android Central between 2012 and 2020.

36 Comments
  • It's aite Sundhar PIchai will take over for Larry Page one day :)
  • Naw man. What's "aight" is that he'll build the robotics company, make it worth billions and then Google will wanna buy it. Perfect plan on his part. Posted via Nexu...LOOKOUT! ZOMBIE SQUIRRELS!
  • Best wishes to Andy. He started the revolution.
  • Ironically the same person that created the source of the start of the feud between Google and Apple. Posted via Android Central App
  • Google found out he was having a sexual relationship with former Apple employee Sam Sung... Also his sex tape with Tim Cook surfaced... Poor guy great cover story tho. Posted via Android Central App
  • You retarded? Posted via the Android Central App
  • You slow on the uptake, pretty humorous if you follow.
  • While you are right he didn't see the humor, in his defense Stephenie is retarded Posted by my soon to be retired Note 3
  • http://i.imgur.com/gxqDZqJ.jpg Posted from my Nexus 5, behind seven proxies
  • You could search the Galaxy and you wouldn't even be Rubin the Surface of this story. Lisa is pissed!
  • +1 Posted via the Android Central App
  • Lol Posted via the Android Central App
    on VZW Moto X
  • From what I have heard Andy is an idea man with a start-up mentality, not the type to enjoy sticking around maintaining things. I bet he will bring us literal androids next.
  • Terminators?
  • We do refer to Google as skynet pretty often around here Posted by my soon to be retired Note 3
  • Data's!
  • But basically isn't that what Google X is all about?? It sounds like something went down and Andy was just buying his time from being booted last year, till he could leave. Guessing stock options or something
  • IF I was a multimillionaire I'd quit work at a young age to do what I truly enjoy as well.
  • Thank you so much Andy! Best of luck to you! Posted via Android Central App
  • young gifted and black
  • Lol what Posted via the Android Central App
  • Thank you Rubin Posted via the Android Central App
  • While everyone talks about jobs this man truly changed the mobile landscape and did more to make technology and computers available to underserved people Posted via Android Central App
  • All these comments sound like the man died. He's still going to be changing the world, just from a different perspective. Best of luck on your next venture, Mr. Rubin. Posted via Android Central App
  • And android was originally designed for cameras.... It had came alot since 2005, what were a and b versions of android called? Posted via Android Central App on 1+1
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Android_version_history
    Er Alpha & Beta.
    First with a name was cupcake 1.5 Posted via Android Central App
  • I think he left because he sees "andyriod" as becoming closed source in every way. The term don't be evil has left the building with him. Happy Halloween Posted on my note 4 lg g3 oneplus or iphone 6 plus? via the Android Central App
  • Closed source ? Android is a a kernel of Linux Posted via the Android Central App
  • Maybe he's refereeing to the Google Services being closed source. Or maybe he thinks Android will morph into something closed. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Maybe he's referring to the Google Services being closed source. Or maybe he thinks Android will morph into something closed. Posted via the Android Central App
  • He always said he was an entrepreneur at heart. All the best, and thanks for giving Android its legs! Posted from my Moto X (2013) via the Android Central App
  • Android was best under the care of its founders. It is in good shape now, but not nearly all it could be.
  • I think Google made Android what it is today. The OS is now a support for Google Services. They have put thoughtful design tweaks and made it very cohesive. Its mature. Time to leave the nest. Its gonna be fine. Plus this gives Rubin time to be creative and let's see what's next. Don't expect too much. Lightning in a bottle usually happens once. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Why are the top Google execs leaving.
    There's something going on over there. What I heard is that, he doesn't like what Google is doing with android. Posted via Android Central App
  • Within all the mobile and personal computing platforms a whole generation has moved on in the last two years. We see new (or newly tasked) faces at Microsoft, Apple, Google - in fact all over the place. Android, iOS, WP and even Blackberry have changed beyond recognition in the last five years. It makes me wonder how the next five years will pan out. How will Google's Android, Chrome OS and Chrome combined ecosystem progress? Does anyone at Android Central want to speculate? Come on AC team - lets hear about your dreams and and hopes for the next FIVE years of Google and their creation Android. Well . . . I like it :-)
  • Thank you Andy from one user out of about a thousand million users. Posted via the Android Central App