Android co-founder Andy Rubin leaves Google, James Kuffner will lead robotics

Andy Rubin, the innovator, known for developing Google’s mobile operating system Android is all set to leave the search engine giant. This news has come as a surprise to many as even a year ago Rubin was tapped to be the head of the nascent robotic projects of the company. Rubin is reportedly leaving Google for building an incubator for startups looking to create tech hardware.

Google’s Chief Executive Officer Larry Page, in his statement following this news, said that he wants to wish Rubin all the best for whatever he does next. Page added that by developing Android, Rubin gave the world something that is truly remarkable. The CEO thanked his colleague of so many years for making a billion plus users happy with the special mobile operating system.


Rubin’s decision to leave Google is a big blow to the Mountain View-based tech giant’s plans in the field of robotics. In the past couple of years, Google has invested a lot to make its robotic efforts successful; with the aim to make it big in this field, it has acquired more than 8 companies including Atlas and Boston Dynamics. Google CEO Page, to find out from where the company will get revenue in the future, has made really big bets beyond the company’s advertising and search business.

So, what will happen with Google’s robotic endeavors in the post Rubin era? Rubin’s position will be taken by James Kuffner, another esteemed member of the tech giant’s robotics group.

In 2010, Kuffner introduced cloud robotics, which involves use of robots that influence the Internet to carry out open sourcing and crowdsourcing for expanding their knowledge base and processing power. It’s not difficult to assume how cloud-connected robots assigned to gather data in a home using different sensors might turn out to be a cause of privacy violation sometime in the future.

Rubin, on the other hand, is famous for handling ambitious projects and building businesses from scratch. The majority of the projects he has handled to date are focused either on mobile computing or on robotics.

Rubin’s journey at Google began when Page on behalf of the company purchased his mobile software Android in 2005. He played the role of a robotics engineer for the first time long before that in the year 1986; at that time he used to work for Carl Zeiss AG, the German manufacturer of optical systems. He has also worked at Microsoft and Apple before joining Google.

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Nitin Agarwal

Nitin has a background in Electrical Engineering and is passionate about the Internet of Things. He covers how connected devices like smart homes, wearables, and industrial IoT are changing our daily lives. Nitin is also a DIY enthusiast and loves to build IoT gadgets.