posted at 18:50
Author: Brittany Levine
Andy Rubin, Googles robot chief and Android founder, steps down
Y Rubin, the man at the helm of Google's robotics initiative and the co-founder of the Android mobile operating system, is stepping down from his post. The robotics team, which Rubin took over less than a year ago, is to be led by James Kuffner, a Google research scientist, when Rubin leaves, a Google spokesman told The Wall Street Journal, which first reported the executive shuffle Thursday. Rubin left his leadership role with Android in March 2013. Up next for Rubin: Creating an incubator for startups in the technology-hardware field, the Journal reported. "I want to wish Andy all the best with what's next," Google CEO Larry Page said in a statement given to the Journal. "With Android he created something truly remarkable-with a billion plus happy users. Thank you." When Page announced Rubin would be taking the reins of the robotics unit in December, he described it as a "Moonshot" project, the company's term for an impossible idea. Google will continue supporting its robotics team, the spokesman said.

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