Essential’s Andy Rubin returned to work last week after taking a leave of absence in late November. He rejoined the company and its employees on December 8, according to Recode.
A story published by The Information revealed an alleged “inappropriate relationship” between the Android co-founder and a subordinate at Google. Based on the timing, it would appear something did indeed happen. Rubin, though, denied any wrongdoing including the alleged violation of company policy in which two individuals in a relationship cannot be on the same team. Google launched an investigation, and during that time Rubin moved over to robotics before exiting the company.
The new report says Rubin was sorting out personal issues in recent weeks.
No matter the reason, he’s back at Essential now. The Essential Phone continues to be a priority; however, the 2018 flagship is in development as well.
While his leave of absence was going on, Rubin didn’t stay far away from Essential. His other company, Playground Global, is located in the same complex. Playground Global led the first round of funding for Essential, but it doesn’t act as a parent company. The two operate independently with Rubin at the helm of each.
There hasn’t been any explanation for his leave of absence, and both Essential and Rubin declined to comment on his return. So it’s business as usual for the Palo Alto-based company.