Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) this Thursday announced that one of the prestigious and elite employee is leaving the company to have his own startup. Android co-founder and former leader of the Google division, Andy Rubin, is leaving the Mountain View giant to found an incubator for technology hardware start-ups. Rubin will be replaced by James Kuffner, a research scientist and a professor at the Carnegie Mellon University.
Rubin co-founded the Android in the year 2003, and soon it was acquired by Google. Since then the co-founder have been working with the Internet giant to make it even better, however, in unfortunate events he decided to leave the company and have a startup again. Rubin was also in department of the robotics in the Google, and is supposedly going to have a startup that will be an incubator for the emerging hardware companies and startups.
Rubin last year was replaced by the Sundar Pichai, which is also among one of the top rising executives in the company. Pichai, who was previously the head of Android, has been recently promoted to handle most of the products and services from the Google.
However, the transition moved Rubin to the robotics department, which has one of the top companies the Internet giant has ever acquired. It includes the Boston Dynamics, which company acquired a few years ago; that is best known for the robotics in the world.
“I want to wish Andy all the best with what’s next,” said Google CEO Larry Page in a statement. “With Android he created something truly remarkable—with a billion plus happy users. Thank you”
Rubin started his career as a robotic engineer, and he has worked for Apple and Carl Zeiss AG in the past.