Android co-founder Andy Rubin is leaving Google, according to the Wall Street Journal. Rubin joined Google when the company bought Android and most recently headed up the new robotics division. That division will reportedly remain intact under the leadership of James Kuffner, who is currently a member of that team.
The change was confirmed by CEO Larry Page. The Wall Street Journal reports that Rubin is planning to launch an incubator for startups that focus on creating high-tech hardware.
Page told the Journal:
“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 users. Thank you.”
Google recently underwent a bit of a shakeup at the executive level as Larry Page took a step back from things to focus on the company’s ‘big picture’ moves, handing the reins of most products to Sundar Pichai.