Andy Rubin, one of the co-founders of Android, is leaving Google after nine years at the company to start a tech incubator focused on technology-hardware. Rubin, who has a degree in computer science, has previously worked at other notable companies including Apple and two others that were later acquired but Microsoft.
From the time that Google acquired Android in 2009, Rubin was in charge of it until 2013 when he ceded control of the Android project to Sundar Pichai who now also runs Google+, search, maps, infrastructure, Google ads, the Chrome browser and operating system, Google Apps in addition to Android.
Rubin went on to Google’s experimental Google X division where he ran the robotics division that was acquired by Google when it bought Boston Dynamics in 2013 – they’re the guys who make scary robots like this one.
James Kuffner, who worked under Rubin will be taking over control of the robotics division.
A statement showing just how big a part of Google’s current fortunes Rubin is, was issued by Google from its CEO Larry Page 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.”[Via – TechCrunch, Image – CC/2.0 Joi Ito]