Source: Motorola acquisition “added more fuel to the fire to oust” Andy Rubin

April 27, 2013
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Two years after Google announced it would acquire Motorola, questions about the value of the deal still linger. A source told The Verge that the misstep might have contributed to the ousting of Andy Rubin from the Android team.

In a piece analyzing the strategic and tactical advantages that Google obtained, but mostly failed to obtain, by acquiring Motorola Mobility, The Verge’s Nilay Patel revealed some potential clues about the true reasons behind Andy Rubin’s leaving from the Android team.

As a backgrounder, Google announced that Andy Rubin would no longer lead the Android team in early March. In a blog post, CEO Larry Page said that Rubin “decided it’s time to hand over the reins and start a new chapter at Google”, making it sound like the founder of Android was leaving voluntary. But rumors quickly emerged painting a less rosy picture of Rubin’s leaving.

Now a supposedly well connected source confirmed to the The Verge that Andy Rubin was ousted from the Android team, following missteps including the Motorola acquisition:

Andy stood behind the deal and thought it was important to Google. As [new Motorola CEO] Dennis Woodside started to look into the details, he couldn’t see what Andy supposedly saw, which added more fuel to the fire to oust him.

This information suggests that, Google was already dissatisfied with Rubin at the time when the Motorola purchase was announced, and, when the positive outcomes of the merger failed to materialize, Rubin shouldered the blame.

At this point, it is unclear what role has Andy Rubin adopted inside Google. We’ve heard rumors about a new moonshot program due to be introduced soon, but it’s all speculation at this point. What we do know is that Android wouldn’t exist today without Andy Rubin, so regardless of what he’s currently doing at Google, we hope he’ll stay with the company.

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