Andy Rubin, the man who co-founded the world’s biggest mobile operating system, is leaving his position at Google. He has plans to create an incubator for hardware startups, while James Kuffner, a research scientist at the company, will take over as head of its robotics efforts.
“I want to wish Andy all the best with what’s next,” said Google CEO Larry Page in a statement published on Thursday. “With Android he created something truly remarkable-with a billion plus happy users. Thank you.”
Rubin first joined Google back in 2005 when the search giant acquired the Android operating system he had founded with Rich Milner to use with its smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices.
It was just a small startup back then, but Android has quickly become the most widely used OS in the world. Sales of Android devices surpass those of Windows, Mac, and iOS devices combined, and Android is the leader in global market share by quite a way.
Rubin left his position as Android chief last March to head up Google’s new robotics division, with Sundar Pichai taking over. His new venture won’t worlds apart; the incubator will be dedicated to supported startups that are building robots.