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Andy Rubin Insists He’s Not Leaving Google; Reveals 900,000 Android Devices Activated Each Day

by Killian Bell | June 11, 2012June 11, 2012 3:00 am PST

True or False

A rumor that suggested Google’s Senior Vice President of Mobile, Andy Rubin, may be gearing up to part ways with the company has been put to bed just hours after it began making its way around the web.

Speculation began with a Google+ post from Robert Scoble, who is best known for this blog, Scobleizer, which suggested Rubin was set to leave Google to join a new startup called CloudCar. Scoble did stress at the time, however, that it was purely a rumor that may or may not be true. Hours later Rubin himself confirmed it wasn’t.

In a post on his own Google+ page, Rubin wrote:

How a rumor gets factualized: Cloudcar are a group of friends who I give free office space to in my incubator in Los Altos. Revel Touch (Mar Hershenson’s company: is another cool company that shares this space. I’m not joining either one and I don’t have any plans to leave Google.

The rumor obviously got to Rubin a little, because he also followed up his Google+ post with a tweet, which was just his eleventh post on Twitter since he joined the micro-blogging site back in 2010. Not only did his tweet confirm the rumor wasn’t true, but it also revealed that over 900,000 Android devices are currently being activated each day:

No plans to leave Google. Oh, and just for meme completeness — there are over 900,000 android devices activated each day 🙂

In late February, Rubin revealed that over 850,000 Android devices were being activated each day. So in the space of just over three months, that figure has increased by 50,000. Android adoption clearly shows no signs of slowing down, then.

Of course, “no plans to leave Google” isn’t quite the same as “not leaving Google.” But for the time being at least, Rubin is sticking around.

[via The Verge]

Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...