comscore Andy Rubin: His journey from founding Danger Inc, creating Android, to the Essential phone

Andy Rubin: His journey from founding Danger Inc, creating Android, to the Essential phone

Who is Andy Rubin?


Since last week when the Andy Rubin s Essential phone was teased, there has been a lot of chatter around the same. However, what do you know about Andy Rubin, besides he co-founded Android, the world’s most popular mobile operating system? Well, there s so much to know. Also Read - Netflix launches 3 new Android games on Play Store: Wonderputt Forever, Knittens, Dominoes Cafe

Who is Andy Rubin?

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Rubin is best known as the father of Android, who helped Google launch the smartphone platform after it acquired Rubin’s company, Android Inc, in 2005. Rubin then became the Google’s Senior Vice President of Mobile and Digital Content until March 2013, where he oversaw development of Android. Very interestingly, Rubin has seventeen patents for his inventions. Also Read - Google might launch its first smartwatch next year with these features


Although, what s little known is that Rubin was also the founder and CEO of Danger Research, which he co-founded in 2000. Danger was the platform that created the first always-on and internet connected smartphone, the T-Mobile Sidekick. It was after that that Rubin subsequently co-founded Android.


In March 2013, Larry Page, the CEO of Google s parent company Alphabet Inc, announced in a blog post that Rubin had moved from the Android division to take on new projects at Google. That was when Rubin was replaced by Sundar Pichai, who now serves as Google’s CEO.


Then come December, Rubin started management of the robotics division of Google. About a year later in October 2014, Rubin Rubin left Google after nine years at the company to start an incubator for hardware startups, called Playground Global.

In 2015, Rubin was back in news with the launch of Playground Global, the tech incubator, which provides resources, mentorship and funding to startups making hardware devices, specifically to help make advances in Artificial Intelligence, Rubin found the company along with Peter Barrett, Matt Hershenson and Bruce Leak. Playground Global has raised a $300 million fund from investors including Google, HP, Foxconn, Redpoint Ventures, Seagate Technology and Tencent, among others.

The Essential Phone

Cut to, 2017, and Andy Rubin s Essential, a flagship device, is one of the most anticipated Android devices, which is believed to compete directly against the Apple iPhone 8, the Samsung Galaxy S8, and every other high-end Android handset you can think of.

We don t know much about the Essential (that may also not be the final name of the device) phone right now, but we do know Rubin recently welcomed his company Essential on Twitter, promising a big announcement on May 30. The announcement is likely to be made at the Code Conference, which also kicks off on May 30 and which Andy Rubin will be attending.

We got our first Essential glimpse a couple of months ago, March to be exact, when Andy Rubin teased the device a little bit, which showed off a bezel-less smartphone. Days later, Alphabet chairman Eric Schmidt said the new smartphone was going to be launched “very soon.” Fast forward to last week, Essential tweeted an image which shows a phone complete with a strange accessory on top. And nobody would blame you if you thought it s a camera. It s probably the kind of add-on that makes sense. However, soon after, there were reports speculating it could actually be a 360-degree camera accessory for VR and AR. DON’T MISS: It feels so cool to live in the age of augmented reality and virtual reality

Looking back at Rubin s previous tweets, it shouldn t be a surprise to hear that Essential is also working on VR/AR cameras. After all, everybody is interested in these technologies, and smartphones now have technical abilities that support VR and AR. And not long ago, Rubin had teased that Essential is working on a device that would have 360-degree video recording capabilities. ALSO READ: 5 Android O hidden features Google didn t reveal, and how to enable them

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  • Published Date: May 29, 2017 5:29 PM IST

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