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.
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.
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.
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