If we as Android users can give credit to one individual for seeing the Android project become the juggernaut in the mobile space that it is today, we can point to Andy Rubin. Rubin, who began in Silicon Valley in hardware, worked for Apple and Microsoft before co-founding Android Inc. Android then became a part of Google under his control until 2013 when that torch was passed to Sundar Picahi. In a press release from CEO Larry Page, we now know that Rubin is no longer a part of Google.
We do know that Rubin is going back to an original passion. He will be joining an “incubator” that will be helping to launch hardware start ups. From what we’ve gathered he has not been a part of Android since Pichai was named to take over that division. He was working in the robotics arm of the company for the last year.
In Google’s press release, Larry Page praises Rubin for his work in creating this massively popular mobile OS. He states,
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.
Rubin carries an impressive resume with him into his next venture. His first gig landed him working as a robotics engineer for Carl Zeiss, an optical company. He then took a job as a manufacturing engineer for Apple before making a lateral move to General Magic, an offshoot of Apple. There he was working on development for handheld mobile devices. That was in 1992.
He later worked as an engineer with MSN TV (originally WebTV). He co-founded Danger Inc. which brought us the T-Mobile Sidekick and was later taken over by Microsoft. As a co founder of Android Inc, he got the attention of the search giant in Mountain View and became part of Google. From 2005 to 2013, he was the head over Android before finishing his Google career at Google X working in robotics.
Now he will spot and nurture the next wave of talent in the hardware space using his impressive resume and experience. It is sad to see him go and I owe him a tremendous amount of gratitude for getting Android off the ground and into the hands of millions of users. We wish him good luck in all of his future endeavors.