Android Co-Founder Andy Rubin Is Calling It Quits At Google To Help Tech Startups

Well wishes are in order for Andy Rubin, co-founder and former boss of Android who oversaw the open source platform's development. More recently, Rubin managed Google's robotics division, though his time with the Mountain View firm is coming to end. Rubin is leaving Google to start an incubator for startups that want to build technology hardware products.

"I want to wish Andy all the best with what's next," Google CEO Larry Page said in a statement. "With Android he created something truly remarkable -- with a billion plus happy uses. Thank you."

Andy Rubin

According to The Wall Street Journal, which first reported on Rubin's departure, Google will continue its efforts in robotics. However, it's not clear who will fill Rubin's shoes or what impact his leaving the company will have in the division on a short-term basis.

Rubin's resume is impressive at every stop of the way, though his biggest contribution might be Android. After Google acquired Android in 2005, Rubin turned what began as an operating system for cameras into eventually the world's most popular mobile OS (in terms of market share). He led Android's efforts up until switching roles at Google last year, handing the reins over to Google executive Sundar Pichai.

Prior to working for Google, Rubin was a robotics engineer at Carl Zeiss AG and then a manufacturing engineer at Apple. He would go on to co-found Danger Inc., a company that was acquired by Microsoft in February 2008. He's also named as an inventor in seventeen U.S. patents.