Andy Rubin, who created the world’s most popular smartphone operating system, is reportedly gearing up to launch his own Android hardware startup. Andy Rubin! Making smartphones. It could happen!
According to The Information, Rubin has been trying to raise money to start a hardware company to produce phones. As the report points out, the open Android platform is relatively accessible to upstarts. Just think, had you heard of Huawei and OnePlus two years ago?
The report falls more or less in line with other known facts. Rubin “stepped down” from is role as the head of Android development two years ago, under what appeared to be less-than amicable circumstances. He left the company altogether last year to work on hardware startups. Here is the startup.
Literally all we know is “people in the mobile industry say Mr. Rubin has tried to recruit personnel to help build a new phone company.” Moreover the news is completely unconfirmed.
Still, it’s exciting to think that the Android legend might be venturing into the phones. He has publicly said before that he’s not leaving the phone game behind. Android is his baby. What will he do with it? The OS probably need to be set free of Rubin’s clutch to grow, but that doesn’t mean that Rubin isn’t full of great ideas about where it should go now. [The Information]