Every great story has a beginning, the story that we are talking about here today is the story of Android. All of us know that Android has been setting standards on how an open source Operating System for mobile phones should look like. Time and time again Android has been proven to be on top in the market share fight with Apple’s iOS. Not only that it was the only Operating System that could keep up with the iOS a few years back and soon after takes some lead. It is arguably also the best Operating System for mobile in the world beside iOS. The Android project existed and thrives today thanks to Andy Rubin, one of the co-founders of Android. Since Android has been obtained by Google, Andy Rubin remained with Android and have been leading the charge to push new boundaries with Android until last year when he stepped down as the leader of Android and Sudar Pichai took over. Since then Andy Rubin have been pursuing advancements in robotics also with Google. He helped overwatched a few acquisitions by Google in the robotics field and have looked into multiple robotics projects for Google.
It certainly did not occur to us that Andy, one of the pioneers that enabled us to use Android today would leave Google so abruptly just yesterday. With him leaving Google’s Larry Page have just appointed James Kuffner to lead Google’s robotics department in place of Rubin. It was noted also that Kuffner has about two decades in the robotics field so there should be no issue of him running the show.
Andy Rubin was described as an entrepreneurial spirited person who likes to be fully independent on what he does with his work. During Android’s early years in Google they even have a separate working area and lunch room from the rest of Google’s employee in Mountain View. In agreement with Larry Page also Rubin remains independent when it comes to the robotics development. With a person that likes their freedom to do whatever, it does sound very much like Rubin gets plenty of space to move around in Google so it does not seem like he left due to the constraints. Even he himself said that independence is not a factor when it comes to his decision to leave Google. Rubin mentions also that he left Google to do something new on his own. Despite that Google’s spokesperson did not want to comment on the detailed reason on Rubin’s departure from Google. Rubin will still be in action though after leaving Google, he is focusing on developing start-ups instead; specifically start-ups that are in the field of technology and hardware.
The founder of the largest mobile Operating System ecosystem in the world commented that he was happy with Larry Page and the robotics department during his tenure in that part of Google. He said that all things are going according to how they want it to go and they are all progressing very well indeed. Does this mean that we will see a Google robot, or new automation technologies from Google? We are yet to know. It is quite surprising though as we expect some form of release or announcement to be made from Google robotics department before Rubin actually decided to leave. Him leaving will actually be a major blow in the robotics department in Google so any announcements that were supposed to be made before he left might have to be delayed to allow some room for readjustments in the office. Wherever Mr. Rubin goes though we at techENT are very thankful and grateful of his efforts in Android and the progression he has made in it. Whatever his field is also we all wish for the best for him and we are definitely excited to see new innovations coming from him again.