Andy Rubin, the father of Android, looks like he wants back in the mobile game

by: John DyeDecember 2, 2015

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Andy Rubin, one of the co-founders of Android, has been away from the operating system for quite some time.  The programmer-engineer-entrepreneur left the Android division of Google back in 2013 to help out with some of Google’s new robotics tech. A year later, he left Google completely to pursue his own hardware investment incubator Playground. Now Rubin says he’s thinking about coming back to the Android world by starting his phone company.

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Rubin might be bringing some very interesting things to the Android ecosystem. Although he hasn’t released anything specific about his intentions, Rubin has had his hand in a number of developing fields over the last two years. He’s been involved in everything from augmented reality technology to new computing platforms to artificial intelligence.

If Rubin throws the weight of Playground’s hardware investments into this proposed phone company, we might start seeing some previously disparate technologies start shaking hands on mobile devices. This could be a step toward improving smartphones’ ability to interact with a wide array of devices simultaneously, a capability that is currently somewhat limited.

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Of course, this is all speculation. Nonetheless, Andy Rubin is an icon in the tech world, so you can expect some definite rejoicing if this phone company becomes a reality. Always an innovator and ever an ally to upstart tech, Rubin would make a valuable re-addition to the Android landscape. Let’s keep our fingers crossed and hope some of that Rubin magic is coming back to the mobile world.

What are your thoughts on this development? Let us know what you think in the comments!

  • Airyl

    Things just got a bit more interesting in the Android world…………

  • Level380

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  • moew

    I’m not sure I can tell from his “look” in the photo. Reread the title :)

  • AbbyZFresh

    This guy should be a mega-billionaire by now. His invention achieved a monopoly in a massive market that only Microsoft Windows has done for PCs.

  • Marty

    I hope he does. He’s a genius.

  • KeyserSoze

    Yeah yeah mac daddy of Android, blah blah.. whatever. Let’s focus on what’s really important here, the only thing that matters is what can he do for ME right here right now!

  • KeyserSoze

    Annndroidddd… this is bald-guy Jeff Bezos… I am your father!

  • raffr

    Would only be a good thing

  • 404

    Hey, where’d you get that OS? Hey, where’d you get that OS? “I got it from my Daddy Andy!”

  • Scr-U-gle

    Gotta laugh, he basically ripped off Oracle, then publicly admitted that Android was “so 90’s”, stated that he had to copy iOS,then got soft-fired for saying Siri was not the right direction for android as Google copied Siri.

  • I’m here for it. Bring innovation and change to Android smartphones, we need more innovators.