Andy Rubin, the father of Android, wants to make smartphones again


A long time ago, Andy Rubin, formerly the CEO of Danger Inc. and the creator of the T-Mobile Sidekick, invented Android. Then he sold it to Google, where he worked as senior vice president of mobile and digital content until March 2013. Then he left Google, but now, word has it that Rubin wants to come back, and start making Android smartphones again.

According to The Information, Rubin is trying to find investors to start a new hardware company to produce phones:

Andy Rubin, the father of Google’s Android smartphone operating system, has recently talked about getting back in the Android phone business after more than two years away from it.

People in the mobile industry say Mr. Rubin has tried to recruit personnel to help build a new phone company, likely through Playground Fund, his vehicle for investing in startups. Playground has raised about $300 million.

This makes a lot of sense. Rubin knows Android better than anyone, and because of the operating system’s nature, it’s easy-ish for companies to release new Android phones, even without Google’s thumbs-up. It’s pretty exciting that the guy who invented Android wants to get his skin back in the game, don’t you think?

Source: The Information