Andy Rubin Steps Down as Head of Android, Takes on New Role at Google

andy_rubin_headshotGoogle CEO Larry Page today announced that Andy Rubin is stepping down as head of the company's Android division, turning over the reins to Sundar Pichai, who has led Google's Chrome and Apps efforts.
Sergey and I first heard about Android back in 2004, when Andy Rubin came to visit us at Google. He believed that aligning standards around an open-source operating system would drive innovation across the mobile industry. Most people thought he was nuts. But his insight immediately struck a chord because at the time it was extremely painful developing services for mobile devices.
Rubin will remain with Google, heading up unspecified new products.

Rubin, who spent several years at Apple as an engineer, co-founded Android in 2003 and remained at the head of those efforts following Google's acquisition of Android in August 2005. Apple has claimed that a key Android framework was inspired by his work at Apple, although the company has refrained from pressing that issue in court as it has focused its legal battles on manufacturers of Android-based handsets rather Android itself.

In his post, Page also shares some new Android statistics, revealing that over 750 million Android devices have been activated worldwide and that over 25 billion apps have been downloaded from the Google Play marketplace.

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Posted: 20 months ago
Did Google just copy Apple's Forstall ouster?
Rating: 8 Votes
Posted: 20 months ago
There is some justice in the universe after all.
Rating: 7 Votes
Posted: 20 months ago
"...when Andy Rubin came to visit us at Google. He believed that aligning standards around an open-source operating system would drive innovation across the mobile industry."

More like, "Hey, I´m working on some cool frameworks for Apple´s new mobile OS. I can give them to you if I run the Android division."
Rating: 7 Votes
Posted: 20 months ago

lol he even copies job's looks


There's a lawsuit in there somewhere.

Two eye, a nose, a mouth...just like Jobs!:eek:

:D
Rating: 7 Votes
Posted: 20 months ago

Andy Rubin. AKA, corrupt, thieving, lying, stool Pidgin.

Thermonuclear Andy, Thermonuclear. :apple:

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Nice. ;)


Stop making a fool of yourself :(
Rating: 7 Votes
Posted: 20 months ago

Andy Rubin. AKA, corrupt, thieving, lying, stool Pidgin.


And I like when people says more about themselves that they say about the people they trying to slander
Rating: 7 Votes
Posted: 20 months ago

I have worked with him before. He is a horrible horrible person.


And he kills puppies :rolleyes:
Rating: 6 Votes
Posted: 20 months ago
make uninstall; rm -rf ~/Android

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Maybe he is going "Forstall" on Page. :D


LOL. How's this for a nightmare management team: Rubin / Forstall / Sinofsky.

Their company would develop a Google Glass ripoff, running Windows 8 with "no compromises," and it would ship on time even if it wasn't finished.
Rating: 4 Votes
Posted: 20 months ago
So many people hating on Andy. What did he do, sleep with your wives? :rolleyes:

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Question for the know-it-alls out there :),

If I buy an unlocked Samsung phone, install my own sim card, and do not sign up to Google, is it "activated" in Google's eyes?


If you set up any Android phone which comes with Google apps (as Samsungs of course do) then as far as I know that counts. It only doesn't count if it's an Android device without Google apps, such as the Kindle Fire.
Rating: 4 Votes
Posted: 20 months ago
I have worked with him before. He is a horrible horrible person.
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